THE results of an international architectural competition which will shape the look of Britian's high speed rail project will be announced in York this week.
Tomorrow evening the National Railway Museum in York is hosting an event to reveal the winning designs for the Aesthetic Overhead Line Structures for the UK Rail Network.
The rail industry’s FutureRailway, in conjunction with HS2 Ltd and the Royal Institute of British Architects, invited architects, engineers and designers worldwide to submit new, aesthetically pleasing designs for the gantry and cantilever structures on the UK rail network.
A total of 62 entries were received from 14 different countries, with the judging panel then narrowing it down to a shortlist of ten.
The ten finalists, which were unveiled at the National Railway Museum on April 1, were Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering from Denmark; COBE from Denmark; Grimshaw; Gorton, Paul, Scheuvens + ARUP; IDOM UK Ltd with Alan Baxter & Associates and SEMI; Lariko/Urbanski; Moxon Architects; PWA; and Ramboll UK.
Interviews will now be held with the ten teams today and tomorrow with up to four designs then selected and the names revealed at an invite only event to be held at the National Railway Museum tomorrow evening.
Up to £150,000 per design will be available to develop the selected designs further by undertaking detailed technical and mathematical modelling and considering the route to market.
Last week MPs backed legislation enabling the construction of the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link between London and the West Midlands,
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, who is MP for Scarborough and Whitby, said it was an "important step" in taking the controversial project forward.
Despite MPs' support for the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill 2013-14 at its second reading, the bill will undergo more hours of detailed scrutiny as it continues to pass through Parliament.
Last week also saw the submission of a bid to bring to York the proposed national rail college, which will train up to 2,000 engineer apprentices for the HS2 project.
Bids were received across the country, with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skill currently reviewing the applications before a decision is announced in June.