HS2: Adding value by appointing Grimshaw Architects and Wilkinson Eyre as lead designers

  • August 23, 2018

HS2: Adding value by appointing Grimshaw Architects and Wilkinson Eyre as lead designers

London’s transport network is undergoing major development, with mega projects such as the construction of the Elizabeth Line, the Northern Line Extension, and HS2 changing the landscape of the property market.

HS2 (High Speed Two), the new high-speed rail network of the UK will comprise of two phases and will connect eight of Britain’s major cities and serve millions of people daily.

The first phase of HS2 will connect central London with the West Midlands and will comprise of two London-based stations, one in Euston and another in Old Oak Common. The second phase will connect Birmingham with Manchester, Leeds, and Sheffield. HS2 stations are planned to include shops, offices, and cultural offerings to enhance the experience of travelers. The interchange at Euston will be designed by Grimshaw Architects and Arup while the Old Oak Common station was appointed to Wilkinson Erye and WSP.

The high-speed rail network HS2 is planned to go on service in 2026 with its first phase and is expected to bring further prosperity and growth to the areas.

HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani discussed the importance of HS2 for Britain’s future since it will improve vital links between some of our country’s biggest cities, drive forward growth and amplify services for passengers with thousands of more seats on faster trains.

“Our new stations in London and Birmingham will be at the heart of the first phase of the project, increasing capacity, improving journeys and helping to unlock opportunities for tens of thousands of new jobs and homes around what will be four new landmark buildings,” said HS2 chief executive, Mark Thurston.

The appointed world-class designing teams will opt for a step-free access where it is possible and “timeless design” that offers the option of future adaption. Specifically, Grimshaw Architects and engineering firm Arup Associates submitted in 2013 an updated proposal for a new entrance and 11 additional platforms to bring high-speed rail to Euston Station. In addition, a new section will be built to the west of the current 1960s Euston building to cater to the needs of HS2 expansion. A petal-shaped yellow roof and a selection of shops, restaurants and cafes with a brand new entrance for HS2 are included in the plans.

HS2 expects from the designing teams to deliver people-centred designs, ensure accessibility for all, invest in flexible spaces and respect the physical and cultural legacy of each location. “Appointing these leading creative firms ensures that passengers on our world-class railway will experience modern and accessible stations,” added HS2 minister Nusrat Ghani.

“I am confident that these firms will deliver these projects at value for money, with designs that are both innovative and in keeping with their surroundings.”

Sadie Morgan, the co-founder of London architecture practice drMM and chair of the HS2 Design Panel, said these four “iconic” stations will “set new standards in design and ease of use, and provide a legacy of the great architecture of which Britain can be truly proud.