HS2 has shared updated designs for its high speed railway terminus station at London Euston.
These have been developed by a design consortium made up of Arup, WSP and Grimshaw Architects, which has worked closely with Mace Dragados JV (MDJV), HS2’s station construction partner.
Construction of the station will support approximately 3,000 jobs at its peak, and will also offer hundreds of contract opportunities throughout the supply chain.
Work on the station began ramping up last month, when MDJV started its multi-year procurement programme worth 500 million GBP (596.3m euros | 679.86m USD).
The new designs, updated from 2015, are based on a less complex, more efficient, ten-platform station which can now be built in a single stage. This will shorten the construction period and the impact for the local community and passengers using the existing conventional railway station at Euston.
The station will be set across three levels, with ten 450-metre-long subsurface platforms, which will at peak operation will be used by up to 17 high speed trains per hour.
The ground-level concourse will be 300m long and will allow free movement for both passengers and visitors through the station 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, with retail and station facilities on the ground and first floor.
These will be well lit thanks to the station’s geometric roof design that allows natural light to flood into the station.
Elements of the roof can be prefabricated off site and installed using modular construction techniques, reducing costs, carbon emissions and local disruption.
“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.”
Network Rail is creating plans to redevelop and integrate the existing Euston station alongside the HS2 terminus. This will enable the transformation of the area by unlocking development above and around the stations and tracks.
Lendlease, the UK Government’s appointed master development partner at Euston, has started an 18-month long public consultation to seek the views of the local community about what would be of value to them in the development.
In addition, HS2 will be holding a number of engagement sessions to showcase the new design to members of the local community and passengers during May and June.
“HS2's London Euston station is one of the most complex parts of the HS2 route, situated in a densely populated residential area and adjacent to a busy operational railway.
“HS2 is absolutely committed to getting Euston right, engaging with the local community and stakeholders as we continue to progress our designs.”
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