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Design Council launches Value of Design UK Rail Infrastructure Report

Design Council launches Value of Design UK Rail Infrastructure Report

10 February 2022

Design Council’s Value of Design UK Rail Infrastructure Report, commissioned by Network Rail, outlines how upfront and continuous investment in design increases the positive social, economic, and environmental impact of rail infrastructure assets. The report shows the potential role well-designed rail infrastructure has to play in the country’s social and economic recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 and highlights how the broad challenges from the Great British Railways William-Shapps report, published last year, can be met.

The report takes a case study approach to also explore the enabling conditions needed to realise good design in rail infrastructure assets.

The main findings of the report on the value of design are:

  • Good design adds significant social, environmental and economic value to rail infrastructure which is presently missed in current investment strategies and evaluation of rail assets.
  • The development of a consistent approach to impact assessment for design evaluation is needed.
  • Design champions help to increase understanding and awareness of design’s value but are not yet represented at board level in the industry.
  • Levels of accessibility remain inconsistent across UK rail infrastructure. There is a need for greater adoption of good design standards and guidance to create inclusive, accessible and welcoming spaces for all people.

We share our insights into how investment in design can maximise the positive impact of rail infrastructure in the UK on local communities, passengers, and many more.

Talking about the new report and the potential impact it can have on the investment in design, Anthony Dewar, Professional Head of Buildings and Architecture at Network Rail said “The report highlights the crucial value of design in the future of rail infrastructure. We want to make sure that we are in the best position to bring significant social, environmental and economic value to the UK. Our ambition is to apply these insights and use Design Council’s guidance to implement positive changes in our transition to net zero and to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the local people and passengers.”

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Category: Place & Infrastructure

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