UK consultants Grimshaw Architects, Turner & Townsend and Vogt, along with Hungary’s Nautes Architects and Canada’s WSP, have been chosen to work on the renovation of Budapest’s Nyugati railway station, one of the city’s three main termini.
The design is described by Grimshaw Architects as a “permeable station campus”, complete with pedestrianised streets, walkways, squares and a public park.
The redesign will increase the station’s capacity, preserve its Eiffel Hall and improve connections to the city with a new boulevard and the rebuilding of the Ferdinand Bridge. Around the station will be a new residential area on Podmaniczky Utca and proposed conference, rental and retail areas.
Mark Middleton, a partner in Grimshaw Architects, said: “Central to our design concept is guardianship of heritage, adaptive reuse and the humanising of the passenger journey. The approach developed through a collaboration of our London and Sydney studios and with local and international consultants, is one which protects and preserves the heritage of Nyugati Station and places its 21st-century life firmly in the aesthetic of a civic space.”