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Weston Williamson picked for HS2’s East Midlands Hub

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Weston Williamson + Partners (WW+P) has been picked to design the East Midlands Hub on the planned Birmingham-to-Leeds branch of High Speed 2

The London studio – working with engineers Aecom – was selected ahead of rival bidders to win the commission for the new station at Toton Yard, in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire.

The announcement comes days after HS2 launched a search for architects to deliver four new stations in London and Birmingham. The contracts – worth £220 million in total – cover Euston Station, Old Oak Common in west London, Birmingham Interchange and Birmingham Curzon Street.

Planned to open in 2032, the East Midlands Hub will connect the £56 billion high-speed rail line to nearby Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. The site, currently a rail freight depot and sidings, and wider area have been earmarked for £4 billion of investment and about 6,150 new homes. Farrells completed a strategic growth study for the East Midlands Hub two years ago.

In a statement describing the site, WW+P said: ‘The site at Toton Yard is currently an important rail freight yard and maintenance facility, but there is no rail station or other public transport infrastructure. The site is surrounded by suburban housing, open spaces, light industrial and low-density retail units.

‘There is an existing low-level two-track railway running through the site, which will remain. The proposed HS2 line will run on a viaduct at a high level, close to the existing lines. The new station will be a hub for regional transport providing interchange between rail, road and tram networks.’

Describing the winning scheme, WW+P continued: ‘The station comprises a two-storey building with overbridge concourse access to HS2 and National Rail platforms, intermodal forecourts for bus, taxi, and tram services as well as private car drop-off and parking. All modes of public transport will have step-free access.

‘HS2 platforms will be 415m long to accommodate 400m-long trains capable of carrying 1,100 people at speeds of up to 275kph. At peak times, it is estimated there will be six trains stopping per hour in each direction.’

In January, Derbyshire County Council started looking for a multidisciplinary team to masterplan a 154ha site surrounding the East Midlands Hub. The winner of the estimated £150,000 contract will draw up an ‘aspirational, inspirational and credible’ strategic vision identifying development opportunities up to 2038 in the immediate vicinity of the station and in the wider area.

HS2 is set to deliver a high-speed rail connection between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds by 2033. The East Midlands Hub is part of the project’s second phase,due to start on site in 2022.


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