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Ryder reveals designs to bring HS2 to Stoke on Trent

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Ryder Architecture has weighed into the HS2 debate after submitting plans for a new high-speed rail station for Stoke-on-Trent

The practice has proposed a new ‘landmark’ station for the Potteries city which will provide a multi-modal transport hub with both international and domestic HS2 platforms.

The proposals, which Ryder claims, will provide ‘a massive stimulus’ to the local economy have been submitted to both HS2 and the government.

Journey times between Manchester and London via the proposed high-speed station at Stoke could be 25 minutes faster than the original HS2 plan.

The scheme also includes the creation of a new urban area around the station connecting to the city’s university quarter and business districts.

Leader of Stoke on Trent City Council, Mohammed Pervez, commented: ‘High speed rail should be all about the maximum boost to the UK economy, taking the brakes off growth. We have developed a compelling case that is financially and technically feasible. It will deliver new dynamism to the industrial heart of the country, re-balancing the national economy. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for UK Plc.’

Ryder HS2

The architect’s view

Our vision is for the station to create a new landmark at Cliff Vale maximising the potential for economic regeneration, transforming Etruria Valley to the north, connecting the University Quarter to business and enterprise, and creating a new urban area around the station to anchor the extension of the city centre and central business district of Hanley.

The proposal is for a multi modal transport hub with international and domestic HS2 platforms, direct connections to local and regional train services, facilities for secure airport baggage check in, integrated smart parking solutions and bus interchange.

A major new public space will lead to the arrival and departure concourse providing ease of wayfinding and passenger orientation.  Lifts and escalators lead to generous retail and catering opportunities on multiple levels and the international check in lounge and border control facilities beneath the dramatic station roofline.

The expressive form and dramatic scale of its translucent roof are inspired by the new age of travel that HS2 represents. The roof will provide cover to the full length of the platform environment, the translucent material allowing excellent levels of natural daylight, minimising heat gain and incorporating natural ventilation to reduce energy use.

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