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AHMM, BIG and Grimshaw land £4 billion Euston station jackpot

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AHMM, BIG and Grimshaw are understood to be on developer Lendlease’s winning bid to design the huge £4 billion development above the new High Speed 2 (HS2) station at Euston

According to sources, the firms are working with Asif Khan and Haworth Tompkins as part of the team selected for the HS2 master developer partner (MDP) role at London’s Euston Station.

Lendlease’s collaboration saw off submissions from the Canary Wharf Group with Hong Kong-based MTR and the Euston Regeneration Partnership (led by Argent Related Services).

The team, which includes Arup, Aecom and Prior & Partners, will advise on and subsequently deliver a major mixed-use development, including offices, shops and more than 3,000 new homes, working with HS2, Network Rail and local councils to create ‘a unified masterplan’ for the area.

According to the AJ’s sister title New Civil Engineer, the project will be split into two phases. The first period, up until 2026, will see the Lendlease team give HS2 Ltd advice about the preparations needed to optimise development opportunities on the site.

After this, the land, which is owned either by the government or will be bought by the government under the Land Powers Act, will then be sold for an estimated £2 billion to £4 billion.

Euston station is the most complex of the four stations that will be built as part of the HS2 phase 1 route from Euston to Birmingham. Earlier this month Grimshaw won back the job to design the HS2 station itself – a project which it briefly lost to WilkinsonEyre in 2017.

Following the official announcement about Lendlease’s victory, Jules Pipe, London’s deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills said: ’Euston has the potential to be much more than just a transport hub, and we look forward to working with Lendlease to make it into a real public space, which benefits local people, drives business growth, and unlocks some much-needed new affordable housing.

‘As one of our capital’s main stations, Euston must seamlessly connect HS2, national rail, the Tube and, in the future, Crossrail 2.’

HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston added: ’The arrival of HS2 gives us a unique opportunity to transform the wider Euston station site, opening up the station to the surrounding community with new streets and public realm as well as opportunities to unlock thousands of new jobs and homes, anchored around a common masterplan vision.

“It was great to see such a strong competition and I’m pleased to welcome Lendlease to the team. Their experience of delivering some of the world’s most challenging transport and development projects will be vital as we move forward with this exciting new phase in the story of Euston station.’

Euston station flickr hugh llewelyn

Euston station flickr hugh llewelyn

Finalists in the running for the Euston job

  • WINNER: AHMM, Asif Khan, BIG, Grimshaw  and Haworth Tompkins (linked with Lendlease) 
  • Farrells with KPF (linked with Euston Regeneration Partnership led by Argent Related Services)
  • Allies and Morrison with SOM (linked with Canary Wharf Group and MTR)
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Readers' comments (4)

  • Phil Parker

    Is this announcement linked to the HS2 client unexpectedly ‘switching’ Grimshaw and Wilkinson Eyre on the Euston HS2 Station contract? If so, sounds like a stitch up.

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  • MacKenzie Architects

    Who are all these funny 'teams'?
    What a crazy way to procure anything, a complete waste of candidates' time and effort and a complete waste of money.
    Will all end in tears as usual, wholesale changes to the brief, delays, claims, sub-standard work. Amazing how £4 billion will turn to £8 billion.

    Of course the first thing we'll be told is they didn't account for VAT
    Then they didn't account for consultant fees
    Then then they didn't budget for a public enquiry
    Then they didn't allow for re-routing rail traffic into Euston during construction
    Then it will be blamed on the previous government

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  • If Grimshaw - and the other architects involved - facilitate a development that prevents the reconstruction of Hardwick's magnificent Euston Arch it will be a permanent stain on their professional reputations.

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  • Phil Parker

    HS2 procurement has clearly been a stitch up from day one. Huge amount of wasted effort and questionable ‘switching’ of architects.

    The HS2 design panel speaks of the importance of good design but with all this horse trading I doubt design was anywhere on the agenda.

    Shame.

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