06 April 2018
Haptic will be part of a team being led by Arup and Grimshaw on the HS2 contract for London Euston Station
Arup, working with Grimshaw Architects, has been awarded a contract to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the London Euston station, due to be complete in 2026.
The new station 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.
Grimshaw is leading the architecture and urban design for HS2’s Euston station in collaboration with a multidisciplinary design team including Publica; We Made That; Haptic Architects; Portland Design; LDA Design; and Future Pace.
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.
Chair of the HS2 Design Panel and founding director of dRMM architects, Professor Sadie Morgan said: “We welcome the appointment of these world class designers and look forward to working with them and HS2 to help deliver stations which set new standards in design, and passenger experience for all. This project should strive to provide a legacy of great architecture of which Britain can be truly proud.”
Grimshaw Partner, Declan McCafferty, has said, “We are delighted to be working with Arup to steer the design of the most exciting station redevelopment in the UK. A unique aspect of our proposal is the collaboration with small and medium-sized design practices with a range of different disciplines, who will work with us to create a fantastic new station as part of an engaging and lively public realm, with a superb environment for both passengers and local communities.’