UK: The design and development partners selected to undertake detailed design for the ‘landmark’ Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and Old Oak Common stations and the rebuilding of London Euston station were announced by High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd on February 2. They are:

  • Birmingham Curzon Street: WSP UK with Grimshaw Architects;
  • Birmingham Interchange: Ove Arup & Partners International, with Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects;
  • Old Oak Common: WSP UK with Wilkinson Eyre Architects;
  • London Euston: Ove Arup & Partners International with Grimshaw Architects.

HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston said the station designs would ‘showcase world-class architecture, ease of use and value for money’, drawing on best practice from around the world as well as guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of architects and designers. The aim is to develop future-proofed and ‘timeless’ designs with the flexibility to accommodate changes in technology and in the population.

'Appointing these leading creative firms ensures that passengers on our world-class railway will experience modern and accessible stations', said Parliamentary Under Secretary of State responsible for high speed rail, Nusrat Ghani. '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.'