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WilkinsonEyre and Grimshaw win two HS2 stations each

Curzon street station iterative concept
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Grimshaw and WilkinsonEyre have each won two major station design deals for the High Speed 2 railway megaproject.

London-based Grimshaw will work with WSP on Birmingham Curzon Street (early iterative design shown above) 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.

Fellow London 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.

The announcement means big names, including Foster + Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, have missed out on the work despite their teams being shortlisted last summer.

HS2 today described work on the four key stops on the rapid rail link as ‘the largest new station-building programme in the UK since the Victorian age’.

All four stations are due to open in 2026.

HS2 minister Nusrat Ghani said: ‘Appointing these leading creative firms ensures that passengers on our world-class railway will experience modern and accessible stations. I am confident that these firms will deliver these projects at value for money, with designs that are both innovative and in keeping with their surroundings.’

HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston added: ‘Our new stations in London and Birmingham will be at the heart of the first phase of the project, increasing capacity, improving journeys and helping to unlock opportunities for tens of thousands of new jobs and homes around what will be four new landmark buildings.

‘That’s why I’m delighted to welcome these talented designers to the team, and we look forward to working with them to create station designs which showcase world-class architecture, ease of use and value for money that our passengers and communities expect and deserve.’

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Readers' comments (5)

  • The image for Birmingham Curzon Street is distinctly crocodilian - and how does this relate to Hardwick's superb building of 1832, the first monumental railway station in the world?
    At the other end, what about the ghost of his equally fine Euston Arch? To be a missed opportunity? World-class architecture of a previous age, but surely as good as - or better than - whatever will emerge this time around.

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  • Phil Parker

    Here’s an opportunity to build 4 large, major new stations that are a showcase for British architecture and what does the judging panel do?

    Bizarrely, they appoint two architects to design four stations. WHAT?

    Yes, they appoint the same architect to design two stations and they repeated this stupid mistake twice?

    Why not appoint 4 architects to design four stations? The U.K. has the best architects in the world and the silly HS2 judging panel dilutes the potential of the entire project before anyone’s even put pen to paper.

    This clearly shows the complete lack of confidence the HS2 Client has in his own capabilities in going for such a stupid solution. We could have had four great stations - now we’ll get two stations and two sort or derivatives.

    Is this cock-up kind of decision making going to plague the project going forward? I fear it will.

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  • On 17 February last year, AJ reported that Wilkinson Eyre had replaced Grimshaw on the Euston bit of HS2, which seemed bizarre given all the analysis work the latter had carried out over several years. Now Grimshaw are back! What a way to run a railroad.

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  • Phil Parker

    Has there been some kind of background deal done with WEyre and Grimshaw by the HS2 Client? We need strong and able clients for these types of projects, not weak ones.

    We need someone like Romano Roland Paoletti, not a ‘design review panel’ who talk about ‘good design’ in the abstract. This is not how great projects are delivered.

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  • Too costly, too complicated and over ambitious. HS2 will go down as one of the greatest missed opportunities in the 21st century

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