March 17, 2018

Arup awarded HS2 contracts to develop London Euston and Birmingham Interchange


Arup has been awarded HS2 contracts to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the transformation of London Euston and a major new interchange near Solihull, which will serve Birmingham Airport and the wider West Midlands region.

  • London Euston – working with Grimshaw Architects LLP
  • Birmingham Interchange – working with Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects Limited

The new stations, due to open in 2026, will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers.

Working with HS2 Ltd, the team is tasked with delivering:

  • People-centred design, which offers high-quality customer experience including shopping, business facilities, and opportunities for art and leisure.
  • Architecture which enables accessibility for all, including step-free access from street-to-seat which is simple and easy to navigate.
  • ‘Timeless design’ for future-proofing and flexibility so stations accommodate changes in technology and in the population.
  • Respecting and contributing to the physical and cultural legacy of the location – responding to the local built and natural environment, using local materials and ensuring local people identify with their station and have pride in it.

An independent HS2 Design Panel has scrutinised HS2’s guidelines and specifications for the stations, and will continue to play a key role in reviewing the detailed designs as they develop through 2018.

Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd chief executive, said: “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.”

Stefan Sanders, UKMEA rail leader, commented: “We are extremely pleased to continue our relationship with HS2 on these projects. These stations are going to provide the key link between HS2, local and other inter-city services and will also be destinations in their own right. We are proud to be playing a leading role in their design and development, alongside our architect partners.”

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