Design firms announced for London, Birmingham HS2 stations

WCN Editorial Team 6 Feb 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

HS2 has announced the architects, designers and engineers that will deliver new stations in Birmingham, Solihull and Old Oak Common.

Four stations, which will be built under Phase 1, are due to open in 2026.

WSP UK and Grimshaw Architects will design the Birmingham Curzon Street station; Ove Arup & Partners International and Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects will design the Birmingham Interchange; WSP UK and Wilkinson Eyre Architects will design the Old Oak Common station; and Ove Arup & Partners International and Grimshaw Architects will design the London Euston station.

The winning teams had earlier worked on major infrastructure projects, including Gateshead Millennium Bridge, The Eden Project in Cornwall, Biljmer Arena station in the Netherlands, and the new concourse at London’s King’s Cross station.

High Speed 2 (HS2) is expected to open opportunities for 30,000 new homes and 130,000 jobs as part of wider developments around the four stations in London and Birmingham.

The winners will have to work with HS2 Ltd to deliver people-centred design; architecture which enables accessibility for all; timeless design for future-proofing and flexibility; and respect and contribute to the physical and cultural legacy of the location.

The people-centred design should offer high-quality customer experience, including shopping, business facilities and art and leisure.

An HS2 Design Panel, which scrutinised HS2 guidelines and specifications for the stations, will review the detailed designs as they develop through 2018.

Costain/Skanska Construction UK; Mace/Dragados; Bechtel; BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman (UK); and Canary Wharf Contractors/MTR Corporation (UK)/Laing O’Rourke Construction have been invited to tender for the London Euston station construction contract.

Similarly, Balfour Beatty Group /VINCI Construction UK/VINCI Construction Grands Projets/SYSTRA; Mace/Dragados; Bechtel; and BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman (UK) have been invited to tender for the Old Oak Common station contract.

The construction partner will act as the management contractor and be responsible for procuring, integrating and managing the supply chains.

The contracts will support 4,000 jobs during construction, with 700 during operation. Contracts will be awarded later this year.

HS2 services from London and Birmingham will reach a wide range of destinations, including Liverpool, The North West, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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