HS2 Ltd has awarded contracts to the design firms that will transform four stations by 2026.
Ove Arup & Partners, and WSP UK Ltd have been named as the designers for projects at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange, London Euston and Old Oak Common, ready for the arrival of HS2 which will unlock 130,000 jobs and 30,000 new homes around these four stations once the first phase of work on the high speed rail line between London to Birmingham finishes.
As part of the project, which has recently seen five bidders revealed for the trains contract, WSP UK Ltd will work with Grimshaw Architects LLP on the Birmingham Curzon Street train station; for Old Oak Common, Wilkinson Eyre Architects Ltd will work alongside WSP UK Ltd.
Ove Arup & Partners will work alongside Grimshaw Architects LLP on the London Euston project; for Birmingham Interchange, Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects Ltd will work alongside Ove Arup & Partners.
All these teams have delivered projects that have the latest cutting edge design, and with a portfolio of complex infrastructure projects, the train stations for HS2 will be designed and constructed to the highest standards.
Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd Chief Executive, is delighted with the design firms that have been awarded contracts on the stations.
“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.
“That’s why I’m delighted to welcome these talented designers to the team, and we look forward to working with them to create station designs which showcase world class architecture, ease of use and value for money that our passengers and communities expect and deserve.”
Once complete, services on HS2 from London and Birmingham will be able to travel beyond the high speed rail network, via existing tracks to cities in the north of England and Scotland.
For Old Oak Common and London Euston stations, HS2 also invited a number of bidders to tender for these construct contracts, such as joint ventures between Balfour Beatty and Vinci Construction; and Costain and Skanska.