Future Cities Forum infrastructure debate - Part Two




Station Hill, Reading development (CallisonRTKL / Gensler / LDA Design for MGT Investment Management)


The importance of well planned public realm and retail around stations was a vital part of our infrastructure and transport forum discussion last week. Both architects Chapman Taylor and master-planning and landscape design firm LDA Design spoke about St Pancras International and Station Hill Reading.


Chapman Taylor's Head of Transportation, Peter Farmer, said it was true that the UK is playing 'catch up' around improving station infrastructure, one of the problems being the highly regulated nature of rail, and the challenge in creating something more human and flexible in character. He also spoke of the changing nature of commuting to work post Covid-19 and how that might affect station design: