Architect will work of refurb and new building features for Arriva Trains Wales

BDP will provide masterplanning for several train stations across the UK after being appointed by rail operator Arriva Trains Wales.

The architect will help refurbish existing buildings and add new features to a number of stations, including Swansea station, where work to add a larger concourse area and a new booking office will start later this month.

Peter Jenkins, Transport Architect Director for BDP’s Manchester Studio, said: “For many travellers rail stations are the first thing they experience when arriving at a new destination and the impression they leave about the location is often indelible. For other rail users they are simply places to be enjoyed before boarding a train.

“In both cases the station environment contributes hugely to the overall passenger experience, so it is important that they are subject to the same investment and upgrades enjoyed by rolling stock and tracks.”

“But in addition to being aesthetically pleasing and equipped with a range of modern facilities, stations also need to be functional. Being able to get information, buy tickets and catch the train is the primary purpose of the rail stations. Getting this balance right is what underpins BDP’s approach to transport interchange planning and will inform our work for Arriva Wales,” he said.

The upgrading of Arriva Wales stations is part of the National Stations Improvement Programme, a Department for Transport backed scheme which plans to add £150m of improvements to around 200 stations in England and Wales over the next few years.