HS2 Minister unveils public space design for "super hub" station
WSP & Grant Associates create new urban realm for Old Oak Common
HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson MP has unveiled plans for the urban realm around HS2’s new Old Oak Common station in West London, drawn up by WSP and Tenderstream member Grant Associates. The local community and businesses are being asked for their feedback on the designs before a planning application is submitted. The ‘super hub’ station, designed by Tenderstream member WilkinsonEyre, has already received planning approval, with construction beginning last month.
Once complete, the station will offer six HS2 platforms providing high speed services to the North and Midlands, four Crossrail – or Elizabeth Line – platforms, and four conventional rail platforms, which will be served by trains to Wales and the South West. The new public parkland is formed of pocket gardens, rain gardens, extensive biodiverse planting, seating and resting spaces and a raised viewing space over the small wetland common area and station plaza.
Keith French, director at Grant Associates, said: “Old Oak Common is a new super hub set to be the best-connected rail station in the UK. The proposed urban parkland and public realm are essential ingredients of this vision and will create a diversity of inclusive green spaces for people and nature; a place full of life supporting a vibrant mix of community uses and urban biodiversity.”
The local community can provide feedback on the designs by 6th August, with two webinar sessions taking place where experts will be available to take questions on the designs. Matthew Botelle, Stations Director for HS2, stated: “The proposed designs for the urban space around the station will provide a new vibrant public area where the local community, station users and workers can relax. With up to 250,000 passengers set to use this vital transport hub every day, it is vital local people get involved to help us refine our plans.”
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This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 12.04.2017 here