Race begins for HS2 station design roles

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Client looking for four station designers and a development partner for Euston

HS2 Ltd has begun the search for architects, designers and developers to deliver four HS2 stations.

The client has published contract opportunities for four station designs - at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common and Euston stations.

At Euston, HS2 is also seeking a master development partner to advise on and later take forward plans for new homes, offices and retail space above and around the overhauled station, taking in 21 hectares of development space.

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.

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.”

The news comes as Weston Williamson + Partners announced it had been appointed to work up early designs for a HS2 station in Toton in the East Midlands, which will be part of the second phase of the mega project.

The practice said the station will be a two-storey building with overbridge concourse access to HS2 and NR platforms, intermodal forecourts for bus, taxi, and tram services as well as private car drop off and car parking.