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Stations are no longer places that people just pass through, they are places where people live, work and shop and can form the very heart of our communities. ‘The Value of Stations’, a report by design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins, looks at how a station and its design can add real value to our cities and the people who live in them. 

Liam Harrison, Atkins market director for transport oriented development, said: “Stations aren’t just stations anymore; they’re catalysts for growth or regeneration and the foundations for new cities, regions and economic hubs. Our report looks at the true value a station can bring and the role design and engineering can play in making sure that value is felt by everyone, from owners and operators to the local community.” 

‘The Value of Stations’ gives six examples of where stations have added real value to their stakeholders: 

  • Birmingham New Street – a truly collaborative effort that has led to Europe’s largest refurbishment project being a huge success with passengers and bringing real change to the city, creating a place where people want to be; watch the one year on video at: 
  • Crossrail’s Custom House Station – a testament to how far we’ve come in off-site construction, this station will be a catalyst for a huge amount of local change, providing an important transport interchange for the Elizabeth line, DLR and local buses and raising the design quality of the community
  • Cambridge North Station – an embodiment of Cambridge’s rich history in science and mathematics, this station is a truly bespoke design tailored for the client and the community that will open up access to Cambridge Science Park
  • Dalmarnock Station – reinvented for the Commonwealth Games, this station builds on local history and materials to create a landmark that has connected residents and regenerated the surrounding area as a place of work and business
  • Glasgow Central Station – a refurbishment of one of the UK’s historic stations that seamlessly brought together contemporary and heritage design while making it easier for passengers to navigate around the station
  • Bond Street Station – one of the busiest London Underground stations, its upgrade is a key enabler to expanding capacity on the network and so requires an exemplar approach to cost and programme certainty, innovation and collaboration

 “Good station design is crucial to maximising a station’s value. It’s not simply about designing a building – it’s about understanding the role a station can play in bringing value to a city and its inhabitants and actively designing the station so that it maximises that value,” said Liam Harrison.

The full report can be downloaded at:



For more information and high res images contact:

D'yon Dowell
Communications manager, Atkins
+44 1454 66 2026

Custom House Station image © Crossrail

Notes to editors:

Atkins is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 18,600 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.

The stations profiled in ‘The Value of Stations’ have won numerous awards, including: 

Birmingham New Street
Structural Awards 2016: Award for Infrastructure or Transportation Structures
Building Awards 2016: Project of the Year 
SPACES Awards 2016: Civic Building of the Year (joint winner with The Westgate School, Winchester)
SPACES Awards 2016: Engineering Innovation Award
National Transport Awards 2016: Construction and Engineering Project of the Year 
National Rail Awards 2016: Project of the Year 
Engineering News-Record (ENR) Global Best Rail Project 2016
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2016: West Midlands Best Project of the Year
Institute of Civil Engineers West Midlands Awards 2016: Construction Award and Overall winner
Construction News Awards 2016: Project of the Year
West Midlands Constructing Excellence Awards 2016: Project of the Year
Rail Business Awards 2016: Station Excellence
UK Rail Industry Awards 2016: Outstanding Large Project

Dalmarnock Station: 
Best Future Building Award 2012 (Scottish Design Award)
Rail Station of the Year Shortlist 2014 (National Transport Award)
Best Public Building Commendation 2014 (Scottish Design Award)
Best Public Building Commendation 2014 (Glasgow Institute of Architects)
Infrastructure Architect of the Year Shortlisted project 2016 (Building Design: Architect of the Year Awards)

Glasgow Central Station:
Best Reuse of a Listed Building 2015 (Scottish Design Award)
Commendation Arts and Leisure 2015 (Glasgow Institute of Architects)
Station of the Year 2014 (National Transport Awards)