WilkinsonEyre has replaced Grimshaw on the High Speed 2 (HS2) package of work for the concept design of Euston Station
Grimshaw and Arup had been leading the design work on the new London terminus for the multibillion pound rail link, having landed the job in 2012.
However the work was retendered last year and the package has now been picked up by WilkinsonEyre as part of the WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff-led bid.
According to the AJ’s sister title New Civil Engineer, HS2 evaluated the tender based on 70 per cent technical and 30 per cent price and split it into three different contracts covering civil engineering, railway systems and environmental services.
The contracts are understood to mark the final phase of the concept design work (RIBA 2) and could pave the way for a further ‘station design’ competition which would take forward the detailed design (RIBA 3+).
An HS2 spokesperson told New Civil Engineer: ’We can confirm that WSP has been awarded three contracts to provide ongoing design support as we continue to progress our plans for Euston Station.’
They added that the contracts also covered ‘the development of a masterplan for Euston Station which will integrate the Network Rail, London Underground, HS2 and proposed Crossrail 2 stations as well potential over site development opportunities’.
Both WSP and Arup qualified for the contract framework in 2012, with Arup winning the design work for the redevelopment of Euston Station to incorporate the planned HS2 terminus.
However, when Arup’s contract came to the end of its term, WSP won the tender for the remaining package of works, and will now carry out the concept design for the station on a nine-month contract.
‘They’re both on the framework and have been for many years,’ said the spokesperson, ‘so we have confidence in both companies, but WSP just happened to win the competition for the next package on the framework.’
A spokesperson for Grimshaw said: ’We have been working on Euston Station for Arup and HS2 for almost five years, and have enjoyed the rare opportunity to create a project of such scale and ambition.
We hope that the integrity of the design will be maintained as the project progresses
’We’ve put in place a design for an efficient station, which provides active streets and public spaces to deliver a characterful place for passengers and visitors alike. Our scheme sets high ambitions for the redevelopment of the station and the Euston area, and we hope that the integrity of the design will be maintained as the project progresses. We wish HS2 and the new team all the best for the development of the scheme.’
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