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Prize-winning students visit Network Rail’s Reading elevated railway

A team of UTC Reading students visited Network Rail’s Reading elevated railway last week as their prize for winning a design competition run by Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA).

A team of UTC Reading students visited Network Rail’s Reading elevated railway last week as their prize for winning a design competition run by Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA).

The winning team enjoyed a private tour of the elevated railway site (also known as the “Viaduct”) which is part of Network Rail’s £895m redevelopment of the railway in Reading. The Elevated Railway will cut delays caused by congestion on the tracks to the west of the station when it opens in 2015, creating more capacity for an additional four passenger trains per hour as well as more freight trains.

The students also got the opportunity to present their winning presentation to Network Rail’s Reading station area redevelopment project team.

The project, organised by PBA as one of UTC Reading’s four lead industry partners, challenged the UTC’s 140 students with the hypothetical task of developing a concept for the regeneration of the area around Reading railway station, including the existing Brunel Arcade.

The team’s entry stood out because of its imaginative use of the space which included a new heritage centre, shops, and a futuristic hotel design featuring sleeping pods. The team also had to produce a scale model using the UTC’s 3D printers. The judges were very impressed by the team’s excellent 3D flythrough of its proposals which was produced using Minecraft.

Martin Dix, partner at PBA, said: “We are delighted to be able to reward the winning team for their efforts on PBA’s Project with such an interesting visit to Network Rail’s Reading Elevated Railway.  The students will see first-hand the complexities of a major engineering project on their doorstep.”

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