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16 + 15 December 2021

IDOM’s proposal for Oxford Train Station’s new Western entrance received Prior Approval from Oxford City Council Planning

Oxford Train Station New Western Entrance

Oxford Train Station New Western Entrance

15th December 2021 – IDOM working with Network Rail as part of the Design Services Framework (DSF), were commissioned to design the new western entrance building for Oxford Rail Station. In November 2021, the scheme received prior approval from Oxford City Council planning authority.

The new entrance building is part of a wider scheme to increase the capacity along the Oxford Corridor to meet the demands of the 2024 train service specification, which will include track and signalling works to create a new Platform 5.

Oxford Train Station New Western Entrance

The proposal will improve the everyday experience of commuters to, from and within Oxford. The scheme is also the catalyst for the larger redevelopment of the Oxford Station Masterplan.

Oxford Train Station New Western Entrance

The proposal is a direct response to the vernacular of the Oxford, taking references from the urban language and materiality of the city. The new western entrance building is conceived as a simple, elegant, linear, and frame-like “gateway” building that straddles over a quadinspired plaza. The frame communicates and invites the passengers towards the entrance, while it also integrates the back-of-house and retail units seamlessly beneath a continuous green roof. The new station entrance building creates a high-quality urban, public realm that embraces how people want to move through the site. The creation of public space is a positive addition to the city and a significant opportunity to create a place where people will choose to meet and spend time.

Oxford Train Station New Western Entrance

In the words of Javier Quintana, IDOM Director (London), “The main challenge was to create a building in front of an extremely long retaining wall. Oxford features a unique sequence of the public and private quads defined by the walls and accessed by crossing doors. We have looked at how these walls and doors incorporate elements that tell stories, how they are constructed and how they relate to public spaces. It is not a purely historical approach, but an analysis that hints at how structural elements relate to the public spaces. The building is designed from the public perspective, to act as a transition between the public realm and the subway under the tracks. The design challenge was to introduce a pattern, texture or detail to enrich the narrative of this retaining wall element.”

The building has been conceived following a sustainable approach and will be developed to comply with BREEAM “good” certification.

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1 Mar 2016

Oxford Station Design Competition 2016 – Winners

Oxford Station Architecture Competition – Winning Architects

Public vote outright winner was AHR (Entry F) which scored over 70% of the public votes giving them the award of the ‘Peoples Favourite’.

F – winning design by AHR:
Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition


1st of March 2016 – The Oxford Station consortium is pleased to announce the winners of the architectural ideas competition which took place before Christmas for a concept design for the new station, and the associated development of the adjoining land in the west end of Oxford City Centre.

Oxford’s existing station will not support planned economic growth longer term and the area fails to provide a sense of welcome to a world class University City, rich in heritage and with a dynamic 21st century economy based on innovation and research.

Following the completion of a masterplan for the station area, six high-profile architects were shortlisted to produce ideas for what a new rail station development could look like and how it could link to the recently completed Frideswide Square.

The competition, which was managed by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the consortium, attracted ideas from top firms of award-winning architects.

AHR Architects

The six firms were: John McAslan Architects (Entry A); Wilkinson Eyre (Entry B); Allies & Morrison (Entry C); AHMM (Entry D); Rick Mather Architects (Entry E) and AHR (Entry F).

The firms that produced the ideas were all specially selected because of their creativity and expertise in the design of high quality transport related buildings and public spaces.

Following an exhibition at the Castle Quarter and an online consultation process during December 2015, the public were invited to vote for the designs they liked best. The outright winner was AHR (Entry F) which scored over 70% of the public votes giving them the award of the ‘Peoples Favourite’.

A judging panel from Network Rail, Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council along with Department for Transport and Great Western Railway, awarded the three winning places to Wilkinson Eyre; Allies & Morrison and AHR.

F – two views of design by AHR:
Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

B – design by Wilkinson Eyre:
Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

C – design by Allies & Morrison:
Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

The panel was advised by architect Joanna Van Heyningen of Van Heyningen + Hayward.

The judges thought that Wilkinson Eyre’s entry was appealing due to its single roof concept, and the way in which the design of the car-park and bus interchange supported an improved character for the whole area and improved its commercial potential.

Allies and Morrison’s entry was admired by the judges because of its simplicity of approach and very attractive main station building.

AHR’s entry was selected because the station design was original and impressive. The judges also liked the idea of a restaurant on the roof of the station itself.

Fiona Piercy, Chair of the Judging Panel said: “We were delighted with the calibre of architects involved. They all produced excellent ideas making it very hard to choose the three winners. The ideas will help us set the benchmark for architectural quality standards and raise ambitions for a new world class gateway station for Oxford, building on the completed work at Frideswide Square and linking to new schemes at Oxpens and the Westgate development.

We now need to work closely with Government and Network Rail and the private sector to secure the necessary mix of funding to deliver the next stage of the project. The design ideas will help us promote the best standards of architecture going forward.”

Leader of the County Council, Ian Hudspeth said: “These designs are visions of what the future of Oxford Railway Station could look like. We’re all very keen to see progress towards the creation of a world class railway station for a world class city. The new station will have a pivotal role in Oxfordshire’s transport future, I look forward to the day when we see ideas like these become reality.”

Leader of the City Council, Bob Price said:
“Oxford deserves a new rail station and the station area is a key element in our regeneration of the West End, alongside Oxpens and the Island site where the Council is working with Nuffield College to create an overall masterplan. The selected designs for the new station are exciting and reflect a genuine 21st century style of architecture”.

Simon Maple, Network Rail said:
“We will continue to work closely with the Council on their aspirations for the station and its surrounding area. Over the next few years we have an ambitious programme of upgrade work taking place in the Oxford area to provide passengers with a better travelling experience. This includes new tracks and signalling, and electrification in preparation for the arrival of the new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains. All of this will help to improve reliability and punctuality for passengers, and enable them to benefit from faster, more comfortable journeys.”

Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

19 Jan 2016

Oxford Station Design Competition

Oxford Station Architecture Competition

Six internationally-renowned architects have developed design concepts for a future world-class rail and transport interchange at Oxford.

The competition is the start of a design process with the aim of creating architectural ideas for an ambitious landmark building. The competition follows on from the Oxford Station Masterplan which originally outlined the layout, functions and scale required for a future gateway station at Oxford.

The six competition designs are ideas to help inspire how a future rail and transport interchange could look. This is a very early stage of the design process and these ideas may not be designs that are built but the aim is to visualise what could be possible.

A – design by John McAslan Architects:
Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

D – design by AHMM:
Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

E – two views of design by Rick Mather Architects:
Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

Oxford Station Design Ideas Competition

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