Terry Farrell is drawing up a blueprint to redevelop Euston Station as a London ‘super-station’, as part of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link to Birmingham
It is hoped the £28 billion north-south rail link, set to be unveiled by the government today (11 March), will jumpstart development around Euston and regenerate the West Midlands, creating a goldmine of work for architects.
According to sources close to the project, improved underground connections between Euston and King’s Cross, combined with high-speed links to the Midlands and the continent, could unleash development potential on land three times the size of Canary Wharf.
New stations would be built at Birmingham and Old Oak Common in west London, where HS2 would meet Crossrail, and the line could be extended to Manchester and Scotland.
A source said: ‘[Farrells and Arup] were tasked with looking at the feasibility of the line and locations of arrival and departure points [at Euston].’
In November, Farrell told the AJ’s sister magazine New Civil Engineer that Euston had the land and development potential to make it a super-station. The HS2 terminus would need up to 10 new platforms, accommodating 400m-long trains departing 18 times an hour.
In 2008, British Land jointly appointed Foreign Office Architects and Allies and Morrison to work on a separate £1 billion redevelopment scheme for Euston, but as yet no plans have been announced.
Read Farrell’s blueprint for Euston, the report to government and our interview: Farrell on London: ‘The big problem is getting some cohesion’
Farrell draws up plans to make Euston a ‘super-station’