Design competition launched for four HS2 stations including London Euston

New green spaces and public realm at Euston Station, London, are part of the vision of the company delivering HS2 as it launches the search for designers for four stations on the route.

London Euston today has public realm outside. Image: Geograph/The Carlisle Kid
London Euston today has public realm outside. Image: Geograph/The Carlisle Kid

High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd has opened a competition for architects, designers and developers to create three brand new stations at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common, as well as a major expansion of London Euston. HS2 Ltd is also looking for a development partner for new homes, offices and retail space above and around the revamped London Euston.

The winner will work with HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, the station design contract winner and local authorities to deliver a unified plan to unlock the full potential of the area, which has the potential for up to 21 hectares of development space and the creation of new public and green spaces across the wider Euston site.

HS2 Ltd commercial director Beth West said: "We’re looking for the brightest and the best from across the industry to help us deliver one of the most tangible legacies of the HS2 project – three brand new stations and a major expansion of London Euston.

"All four present unique challenges and opportunities for the winning bidders. Together we will deliver world-class designs that help unlock wider local regeneration opportunities and provide unparalleled levels of accessibility, ease and convenience for the travelling public."

In total more than 170,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the wider development areas surrounding the four stations.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: "The search for design teams to produce plans for new stations and world-class amenities for London Euston, Old Oak Common, Birmingham Interchange and Birmingham Curzon Street stations is a major step towards making HS2 a catalyst for growth across the country.

"The winning bidders will need to ensure the stations provide the best possible customer experience. There are also huge opportunities for development near all the HS2 stations. HS2 Ltd is progressing its search for a partner to deliver new homes, shops and offices around Euston station once the core HS2 work is complete."

Managing Director of Network Rail Property David Biggs, said that investment in nearby Kings Cross and St Pancras stations acted as a catalyst to inward investment and regeneration.

"The HS2 terminal at Euston will have a similar effect, it will become the initial focus for the wider regeneration of the station and surrounding area with an opportunity to create a new vibrant commercial and residential district in the heart of London with fantastic connectivity to the rest of the UK and Europe."

Bidders for the station designs and the Euston Master Development Partner are expected to be shortlisted in the summer, with contracts signed early next year. The station design work will be split into four packages.

Weston Williamson + Partners has been appointed to work up early designs for a HS2 station in Toton in the East Midlands, part of the second phase of the project.


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