Articles Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan Launched

Concept designs to transform the Scottish capital’s main station as part of the Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan have been revealed.

Within an Arup multi-disciplinary team, Grimshaw was appointed to lead the design for the masterplan which envisions an improved station experience that plays a vital role in the future of Edinburgh. The proposals will be delivered in conjunction with The City Centre Transformation project to deliver a major new public space on Waverley Bridge. It will be a station that puts people first, providing easy access for all and creating new city connections for walking, cycling and public transport.

The masterplan has been developed for Network Rail and the City of Edinburgh Council to provide a strategic vision that accommodates the anticipated growth of passenger numbers, and improve movement between the station and bus, tram and active travel connections.

A new mezzanine concourse is proposed to deliver better permeability with the surrounding streets, enable the creation of fully-accessible entrances, and increase circulation space that helps passengers to navigate the station easily. The positioning of a concourse to the North and South allows for more intuitive wayfinding, with the station situated at the centre of the valley between the New and Old Towns.

The mezzanine provides the opportunity to extend the operational platforms below, creating new facilities that cater for future growth of commuter and visitor passenger journeys.

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“This is our first major commission in Scotland, and we have a strong responsibility to create a masterplan which respects the historical legacy of Waverley Station while offering increased rail capacity. We see this as an important city-shaping project and the chance to really celebrate Edinburgh’s status as a world-class capital, with a unique character worthy of the finest architectural response.”

Keith Brewis →, Partner