Aedas has become the latest in a line of practices to be handed the task of overhaulling Euston station in London
The firm has been asked by Network Rail to carry out a series of ‘self-funding, quick-win packages’ to refurbish the 1960s station in time for London’s 2012 Olympics.
Previous schemes for the station concourse and wider development of the area, drawn up by the likes of US-based practice Leo A Daly, Foreign Office Architects and Allies & Morrison (see AJ 15.04.2008), have all come to nothing.
However the terminus is still expected to become London’s main ‘super-station’ as part of the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link to Birmingham under plans drawn up by Terry Farrell (see AJ 11.03.2010).
Explaining Aedas’ involvement, proejct director Tim Narey said: ‘This refurbishment is totally separate to the work others are doing on HS2 or the major redevelopment of Euston.
‘Network Rail is keen for our project to be seen as a series of self funding, quick-win packages to bring euston in line with the other termini and will aim to get as much done before the Olympics as possible.
‘It is being sold as a nett-zero cost scheme as increased retail revenue will fund the essential, short-term station improvements.’
The exterior façade of the station will be revamped ‘adding a warm and sophisticated feel to the recently improved forecourt area’ while the ‘interior will benefit from a consolidation of finishes, signage and shopfronts together with the addition of a new mezzanine lounge to ease congestion for waiting passengers.’