HS2 appoints designers for major station projects

WSP will lead two station developments in Birmingham, while Ove Arup & Partners will head up the expansion of Euston and the development of new station Old Oak Common.

Colne Valley viaduct

The government has named the designers, architects and engineers that will be developing four major new stations across the UK, as part of the HS2 high speed rail network.

The new stations – which are due to open in 2026 – include Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and Old Oak Common in London, while London Euston will also be expanded.

WSP has been appointed to develop Birmingham Curzon Street and will work with Grimshaw Architects on the project. It will also work with the architectural practice on the expansion of London Euston station. The consultancy has previously led major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail Bond Street and the London Bridge redevelopment completed in early 2018.

Advisory panel

Ove Arup & Partners will lead the development of Birmingham Interchange, working with Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects. It will also head up the expansion of London Euston, as part of a collaboration with Grimshaw Architects. The consultancy was the lead consultant on the renovation of King’s Cross station in 2012.

An advisory panel of designers including Thomas Heatherwick, David Kester and Paul Priestman has been working on the project since 2014.

The announcement comes after design concepts for an HS2 viaduct were revealed last month. The structure will traverse wetlands and woodlands in North London used for recreation by different community groups.

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