National Railway Museum reveals new Central Hall designs

New Central Hall designs for National Railway Museum
Credit: NRM / Malcolm Reading Consultants

The National Railway Museum has unveiled five design concepts that have been shortlisted for their new Central Hall building.

The new building is part of its £55m Vision 2025 development.

The design concepts will be available to view in an online gallery and at a public exhibition in the National Railway Museum’s Great Hall from 13 February to 29 March 2020.

New Central Hall designs for National Railway Museum
Credit: NRM / Malcolm Reading Consultants

With a construction budget of £16.5 million, the new Central Hall will change how visitors arrive at the museum.

This 4,500 sqm building will include a 1,000 sqm gallery to show off the museum’s collection.

As well as the free-to-enter public exhibition, visitors to the exhibition will be able to meet museum colleagues and ask questions about the designs.

New Central Hall designs for National Railway Museum
Credit: NRM / Malcolm Reading Consultants
New Central Hall designs for National Railway Museum
Credit: NRM / Malcolm Reading Consultants

Central Hall will open in time for the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2025.

Vision 2025 includes major landscaping of South Yard and re-displaying the museum’s Great Hall.

The design concepts on show are:

  • 6a architects (UK) and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (Belgium)
  • Atelier d’Architecture Philippe Prost (France)
  • Carmody Groarke (UK)
  • Feilden Fowles (UK)
  • heneghan peng architects (Ireland)
New Central Hall designs for National Railway Museum
Credit: NRM / Malcolm Reading Consultants
New Central Hall designs for National Railway Museum
Credit: NRM / Malcolm Reading Consultants

The teams were chosen from a field of 76 entries by an expert panel.

Following the exhibition, the teams will be interviewed later this month and a winner will be chosen.

 

 

What did the officials say?

Judith McNicol, Director of the National Railway Museum, said:

“I am very pleased to share the five design concepts for our new Central Hall which will showcase our collection and future innovations from the rail industry in an inspirational, purpose-built gallery. I encourage people to visit and to share their feedback. Although the final designs are some way off, the winning team will go on to create the final building which will be the cultural focal point at the heart of York Central.”

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