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Comps insider: All eyes on Euston and Hyde Park Barracks regenerations

Euston Arch in 1896
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If you thought 2017 had already had its full measure of controversy, think again: two huge projects are about to fan the flames of further disputes

At the start of this month HS2 quietly announced that its search for a ‘master development partner’ to design, build and manage a multibillion-pound regeneration of Euston Station would begin in late May.

The project, which is opposed by the mayor of London, would transform a 21ha swathe of the capital, including the existing station buildings and many surrounding homes and businesses.

Preliminary designs propose a new HS2 terminal, 3,800 homes and 280,000m² of commercial space. The huge project will be split into packages and the winning teams will adapt the current designs to maximise the oversite development and win outline planning permission for the surrounding masterplan before financing and delivering the scheme in time for the opening of the £56 billion HS2 line in 2033.

With so much at stake – including the potential resurrection of Philip Hardwick’s Euston Arch (pictured), controversially demolished 65 years ago – a huge variety of architectural talent will be required to make this project a success, so flag up your interest with large-scale developer contacts now.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Defence has cryptically announced the resurrection of Project Rose, which for those without background or clearance, involves the contentious redevelopment of Hyde Park Barracks and the potential relocation of the Household Cavalry from its historic home.

Coming 18 months after the government rejected a listing bid for Basil Spence’s 1970 landmark, the announcement effectively restarts a competition that previously attracted 20 developers, working with architects including Dixon Jones and Prince Charles’s possible new favourite, Francis Terry and Associates.

A forum to test project options will be held on 28 February.

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  • It's all very well for HS2 to 'quietly announce' the start of its search for a development partner - but surely the implications for the future urban fabric of this part of London are such that the opposition of the Mayor of London is understandable, unless ways are found to ensure that the development doesn't just prioritise the creation of acres of office floor space above the station, and really does respect the good qualities of the area - as detailed in the current local plan.
    At one end of the spectrum Hardwick's arch must be rebuilt, and must be written into HS2's brief with absolute guarantee that this will happen; at the other end of the spectrum the local character of the area - for example Drummond Street (with its Georgian terraces providing fertile ground for cheap small hotels and some excellent south Indian eateries) must be nurtured.
    And, beyond what the local plan envisages, the advent of HS2 should surely make the relocation of the so-called 'Euston Square' station on the Circle / Metropolitan / Hammersmith & City underground line - to provide real connectivity with Euston Station - a no-brainer.
    Here's hoping.

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