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Atkins reveals first images of Leeds Station HS2 makeover

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Images of Atkins and Gensler’s proposed revamp of Leeds Station for High Speed 2 have been released

The pictures show how the Yorkshire city’s station could be transformed with an undulating glass roof, a remodelled entrance and a new central concourse.

Computer generated images were produced by consultant Atkins as part of its Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan. A sketch by lead architect, Gensler’s Hiro Aso, was also published.

The new-look station is designed to provide a smooth interchange for people changing between existing national and local trains as well as High Speed 2 and services created through the Northern Powerhouse Rail Programme.

The masterplan sets out the potential for 280,000m² of commercial development around the station, with a further 7,000m² of leisure and retail space inside as part of the new common concourse.

Adjoining roads and those under the station would be pedestrianised under the £500 million plans, which are out to consultation.

HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins said: ‘It’s fantastic to see how much progress has been made since we first announced our plans to bring HS2 to Leeds. Working together with HS2 Ltd, the Leeds City Region, Network Rail and Transport for the North, Leeds has clearly seized the opportunity that high-speed rail represents both locally and regionally.

‘HS2 presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity both to revitalise Leeds and, in the process, rebalance Britain. Leeds’ plans live up to that level of ambition and will leave a legacy that the city and the region can be proud of for decades to come.’

Atkins is leading the planning and design of the Leeds Station project, in a consortium including Gensler, Bilfinger GVA, Faithful + Gould, Albion Economics and BAM Construction.

High Speed 2 services are expected to run from Leeds from 2033.

Read next: ’A resurgent Leeds will help boost the Northern Powerhouse’ by Hiro Aso, head of transport and infrastructure at Gensler

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