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.’