Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) has won a major European competition, to be the architects and urban designers for a new tramway called Luxtram in the City of Luxembourg.
Commenting on the result the Mayor of Luxembourg said: "This project will have an impact on the city's image that will propel us into a different league."
The competition brief requested a clear identity for the tramway and significant improvements to the public realm. The scope of the project includes upgrading public squares and enhancing the main boulevard along which the tram runs, new hard and soft landscaping, bespoke street furniture and lighting, purpose designed tram and bus shelters. All these elements are designed specifically for the City of Luxembourg and seamlessly integrate the public transport system into the historic city centre.
LDS’ winning scheme on widened central boulevards along the tram route has been praised for the way it de-clutters the public space, rendering it more open, accessible and permeable.
“As well as radically improving the experience of public transport in Luxembourg, our design returns the boulevards along the central spine of the city to active street life, with a far better environment for pedestrians and cyclists’’ says Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ director Alex Lifschutz.
LDS collaborated on the design with integratedPlace, a Luxembourg based design consultancy that specialises in information and way finding systems. LDS and integratedPlace worked together to streamline the plans for the tramway’s public information systems and signage. Steer Davis Gleeve advised on trams and highways, Techniker on structures and Speirs and Major on lighting. Davis Langdon provided information on costs.
Trams continue to be widely revived in European cities whilst in London two major tram projects, the West London Tram Scheme and the Cross River Tram Scheme, have been shelved. Construction has, however, started on a new tram system for Edinburgh, which is due for completion in 2011.