About this event

ExploreStation invites you to join our national conversation about the future of railway station design in the UK. 

ExploreStation is a programme of online and face-to-face activities being organised by Design Council, The Glass-House Community Led Design, Digital Urban and Commonplace, to help engage the public in shaping the final stages of a new station design standard being developed by 7N Architects for Network Rail. This design responds to ThinkStation, a previous engagement programme created to inform a brief for a new approach to station design for small to medium-sized rail stations across the country. 

Our first round of in-person ExploreStation activities, being led by The Glass-House, will take place in the first week of November, with live drop-in events and workshops in Sheffield, Bristol and Cardiff.

The workshop in Bristol will take place on 2 November, at The Engine Shed, Station Approach Temple Meads, Bristol, BS1 6QH.

Interactive Exhibition: 15:00 – 17:30 

This will be an open exhibition space where you can drop in to learn more about the Explore Station project, past and current rail station design, to experiment with your own design ideas, and have a look at the emerging designs from 7N Architects. This will also be a space to share your memories and stories linked to rail travel, and to help us generate ideas around the role that train stations can play in promoting sustainable design and in supporting more sustainable behaviour by station users. The conversation will continue online at Commonplace. 

Design workshop: 18:00 – 20:30

These workshops will be a space to work with The Glass-House and other participants to explore station design through a series of hands-on and creative design activities. We will look at the emerging modular station design from 7N, and consider how this can best be further developed to meet the needs of diverse users and to be integrated into a range of places and communities in the future.

This is a free workshop, but places are limited. Please register using this link to take part. Dinner will be provided for participants. 

We’ll also be in Cardiff on 4 November. You can also book onto these workshops via our Events page.

The Glass-House Community Led Design is a national charity dedicated to connecting people with the design of their places, and connecting design with people. For the past two decades, The Glass-House has supported communities, organisations and networks to work collaboratively to improve the quality of the places where they live, work and play.