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Retail designers appointed for Euston's HS2 redevelopment

Designers have been appointed for the redevelopment of London’s Euston Station, which is to be the terminus for the planned HS2 high speed link. The leading architect for the project is Grimshaw Architects, while Arup has been awarded the engineering contract.

As well as faster rail links to the Midlands and the North of England, Euston will offer a range of shopping, business facilities, and opportunities for art and leisure. The multidisciplinary roster of agencies appointed to the scheme includes Portland Design, which is creating the customer experience for ‘non-core revenues,’ which in travel terms includes retail and most revenue-generating activities that don’t involve selling tickets. Publica, We Made That, Haptic Architects, LDA Design, and FutureForme are all working on other elements of the station’s redevelopment.

Key design principles call for a people-centred design with high quality customer experience. The building will provide accessibility for all, including step-free ‘street-to-seat’ routes which are simple and easy to navigate. The brief calls for a timeless design that is flexible and future-proofed to accommodate future changes in technology and population, while respectful of the physical and cultural legacy of the location. An independent HS2 Design Panel has scrutinised the guidelines and will continue to review designs as they are submitted.

HS2 Design Panel chair and founding director of architect dRMM, Sadie Morgan, says “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 says, “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.”