New designs have been released for HS2’s London Euston terminus. The new designs have been updated from 2015 and are based on a less complex, more efficient, ten-platform station which can now be built in a single stage.
The designs have developed the station beyond a major transport hub, helping it to be a destination, one where the local community are an integral part of the development. Work planned will enable the creation of new homes (including provision for affordable and social housing), businesses and shops plus improved public realm and open space which will complement what is already great about Euston.
Designs have been developed by a design consortium made up of Arup, WSP and Grimshaw Architects, working with HS2’s Station Construction Partner, Mace Dragados JV (MDJV).
HS2 Minister, Andrew Stephenson MP, said: “The arrival of HS2 at Euston provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to create an iconic destination in the area, that will help us build back better by growing not just the economy of London but that of the UK.
“This station will not only benefit the local community by enabling the comprehensive redevelopment of the area but will serve as a transport super hub acting as a gateway to the Midlands and the North – enabling us to deliver better railways across the nation sooner than under previous plans.”
The station will feature a bold geometric roof design to allow natural light to flood into the station concourse. The roof is an identifying feature of the station and emphasises it’s north-south alignment, and its role as a regional gateway. Elements of the innovative roof can be prefabricated off site, and installed using modular construction techniques, reducing costs, carbon emissions and local disruption.
The HS2 station will be set across three levels, with ten 450m long subsurface platforms, which will at peak operation will be used by up to 17 high speed trains per hour serving destinations in the Midlands and the North.
The ground-level concourse will be 300m long and will open out onto new public spaces at the north and south. The station hall – 20% larger than Trafalgar Square – will become the largest station concourse in the UK, boasting retail and station facilities on the ground and first floor, underneath the dramatic top-lit station roof.
The station will now be built in a single stage, reducing the construction period and the impact for the local community and passengers using the existing conventional railway station at Euston. The station will maintain the capacity to run up to 17 trains per hour. MDJV will carry out the main station construction work.
Taking account of the recommendations of the independent Oakervee review, the design integrates the HS2 station with the existing Network Rail station and emerging plans for over site development, led by Lendlease. Network Rail is creating plans to redevelop and integrate the existing Euston station, serving the West Coast mainline, alongside the HS2 terminus. Together, these two stations will help to unlock much needed capacity for passenger services, transform passenger experience and offer improved connectivity to the major cities and knowledge centres across the UK.
The HS2 station is designed to target a ‘BREEAM outstanding’ rating which is an industry recognised standard for buildings that reduce energy usage and materials waste and minimise impact on the natural environment.
MDJV recently began a multi-year procurement of packages worth £500M for work on the HS2 station and the London Underground at Euston and Euston Square which will provide improved connections for passengers.
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