HS2 station bids: Norman Foster's and Richard Rogers' firms shortlisted for London Euston and new Old Oak Common station

Rebecca Smith
How HS2 could look at Euston once complete
How HS2 could look at Euston once complete (Source: HS2)

The architects behind bids for HS2 stations including Euston and Old Oak Common have been named, and include Gherkin architect Norman Foster’s firm.

Foster + Partners and Richard Rogers’ Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners have been named on the bidding teams facing off for HS2 station packages.

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Designers are needed for three brand new stations at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange, and London’s Old Oak Common, and a huge redesign of London Euston.

For London Euston, Norman + Partners has been named on a bidding team with Arcadis, shortlisted alongside an Arup and Grimshaw team, and WilkinsonEyre working with Chapman Taylor.

On Old Oak Common, Richard Rogers’ Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the name behind the Millennium Dome and Paris' Centre Pompidou, has been shortlisted with Mott MacDonald and Weston Williamson.

Here are the shortlisted firms for the London stations:

London Euston bidding teams:

  • Arcadis - Foster + Partners
  • Arup - Grimshaw
  • WSP - WilkinsonEyre working with Chapman Taylor

Euston caters for around 42m passengers a year, which is more than double the design capacity of the current station. Its revamp is set to happen in three stages with six new high speed platforms being built first to support the opening of the first branch of the route in 2026.

That will be followed by the closure of five existing platforms, to be rebuilt as high speed platforms. When eleven high speed platforms are in operation, redevelopment of the remaining 13 platforms will go ahead.

Underground facilities at the station will also be improved with more space and connections to services, along with a new ticket hall and direct subway to Euston Square Tube station.

London - Old Oak Common bidding teams:

  • Mott MacDonald - Weston Williamson + Partners and Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Arup - Grimshaw
  • TEAM OOC: Jacobs, BuroHappold Engineering and Idom
  • WSP - WilkinsonEyre working with Chapman Taylor

A brand new station will be built at Old Oak Common, with six new platforms providing direct HS2 services to core destinations, and places beyond its core network, to the likes of Liverpool and Edinburgh.

It will also include connections via Crossrail to Heathrow and central London, and mainline rail services from London Paddington to Wales, and elsewhere in England.

The government gave the green light to HS2, which will provide fast links between the capital and Birmingham, back in January 2012.

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