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New ideas sought for HS2 gantries

10 Dec 13 The planned HS2 rail line could be the first project to use a new generation of gantry and cantilever structures.

The current type of structure
The current type of structure

HS2 Ltd is one of the sponsors of an architectural design competition that is inviting architects, engineers and designers from around the world to submit new aesthetically-pleasing designs for the gantry and cantilever structures on the UK rail network.

The contest is being run by RIBA Competitions on behalf of the rail industry’s Enabling Innovation Team (EIT), which forms part of the Future Railway programme, and HS2. The Department for Transport is funding the competition.

The judges include architect Martin Knight of Knight Architects and structural engineer Mark Whitby.

EIT director David Clarke said: ‘HS2 and increased electrification both support rail’s need to efficiently accommodate more capacity.  This is an opportune moment, ahead of HS2 being physically built, to look at the feasibility of improving the aesthetics of overhead line electrification when creating new infrastructure.’

HS2 Ltd technical director Professor Andrew McNaughton said: “I look forward to seeing the innovative ideas that I’m sure this competition will deliver.”

For further details and to enter please visit the competition website at: The closing date for design submissions is 29 January 2014. 

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