The first tower crane has arrived and been assembled in preparation of the demolition of Euston towers, as work on HS2 continues to progress.
Standing at 66-metres high, the tower crane is the first of three assembled in the Euston area as part of the project to transform Euston station and deliver extra capacity as part of the HS2 development, which is the UK’s largest infrastructure project.
The tower crane – and the other two that will subsequently join – will allow for the demolition of One Euston Square and Grant Thornton House, currently standing above the entrance and exit to the old underground taxi rank at Euston.
It is a significant project that will take almost one year to complete, and will result in the biggest change to the skyline at Euston for approximately half a century.
The work endeavours to be as efficient as possible, with 93% of the demolished material expected to be recycled or reused, while noise and dust will be limited in the area.
Rob Carr, London Programme Director for HS2 Ltd, described the work as a “significant milestone.”
He said: “HS2 will transform Euston, delivering much needed extra capacity and better journeys for the 44 million people who use the station every year.
“We are already hard at work, delivering essential pre-construction work, including archaeology, utility diversions and of course, the demolition of the two Euston towers.
“The opening of the new taxi rank and the delivery of the project’s first tower crane is a significant milestone for HS2 and I would like to thank everyone involved in making it happen.”
Once the whole HS2 project is completed, the number of seats out of Euston during peak hours will be more than doubled, and this will free up seats on trains that run on the west coast mainline.