bpr architects, working as a sub-consultant to Jacobs, were appointed by Southern Railway to design two new modular station buildings at Ashtead and Hassocks under the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP). The proposals included the demolition of the existing 1970’s pre-fabricated ‘clasp‘ station buildings and replacing them with new modular station buildings, which are based on Network Rail’s ‘modular station‘ design principles. bpr have assisted Southern Railway in managing the community consultation process for the projects, which has involved representing the aspirations of the stakeholders.During the design process, bpr worked with Network Rail to challenge the modular station concept and we proposed a new 'kit of parts' that can be used to enable more flexibility in the design. Stations can therefore be adapted to suit local conditions whilst maintaining the efficiency of a standardised set of components across the network.
The new station building at Hassocks makes use of a local brick, which helps the building to sit comfortably in its local setting.