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Foster + Partners behind designs for Leeds HS2 Station

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The AJ can reveal that Foster + Partners is working on the designs for Leeds’ proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) station

Last year it was announced that Fosters had been selected as part of the Arup+ team, which includes architect Arup Associates, for the civil and environmental engineering of the Midlands to Leeds section of the rail link. 

It has now emerged that Fosters and Arup Associates have already begun design work on the new terminus for the HS2 trains at Leeds, which will plug into the West Yorkshire city’s existing station from the south to form a large T-shaped building.

The scheme is part of the proposed phase 2b of the mammoth infrastructure project. It is not expected to complete until seven years after the first section (phase 1) from London to Birmingham, which is scheduled to open in 2026.

Fosters’ last major station project in the UK was for Crossrail at Canary Wharf which reached practical completion in late 2015

The station at Leeds will sit within the Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan which has been drawn up separately for Leeds City Council and is being led by Gensler (visualisations pictured top).

As well as looking at how the existing national and local train services can be integrated with HS2, the masterplan sets out the potential for 280,000m² of commercial development around the terminus.

Leeds hs2 station plans

Leeds hs2 station plans

Earier this month it was revealed that Grimshaw and WilkinsonEyre had both been handed two major design deals for stations on the southern section of the HS2 megaproject.

Grimshaw is working with WSP on Birmingham Curzon Street and with Haptic and Arup on the huge overhaul of London Euston – a scheme it had been working on for nearly five years until its unexpected replacement in early 2017.

Meanwhile fellow AJ100 practice WilkinsonEyre was chosen with Arup Associates for Birmingham Interchange and alongside WSP on Old Oak Common, a major interchange planned for the north-west of the capital.

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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