High Speed 2 (HS2) is planning a series of competitions for landmark new stations on the planned £43 billion route
Scheduled to start later this year – the high-profile contests will cover Euston, Old Oak Common, Birmingham Interchange and Curzon Street.
Initial proposals for the four stations – which are all in the project’s first phase and due to complete in 2026 – have been drawn up by Grimshaw, Weston Williamson, Arup and Wilkinson Eyre respectively.
Unlike most other HS2 commissions, the latest competitions are expected to be architect-led with the winners novated to the main works contractors and civil consultants to build.
Commenting on the programme, an HS2 spokesman said: ‘We are still at the early stages of agreeing the contract arrangements for the stations and it may be different for south and north stations due to programme and complexity.’ Further details will be confirmed later this year.
The announcement comes eight months after Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation chief executive Victoria Hills told AJ a competition for a landmark HS2 station in west London was on the cards (AJ 06.08.15).
It also follows criticism of HS2 chairman David Higgins’ preference for cost-reducing standardisation and economies of scale which competition organiser Malcolm Reading warned would come at the expense of ‘good design creating a sense of place and wonder’ (22.07.2015).
Connecting London to Birmingham in its first phase and to Manchester and Leeds in its second phase – the high-speed rail project is expected to be fully complete by 2033.
HS2 design panel chair Sadie Morgan recently called on contractors to team up with architects when bidding for new work on the project.
Full details of the professional teams – either already appointed or currently bidding – for works and civils packages can be found on the HS2 website.
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