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Designs released for HS2 Old Oak station

Words: Laura Edgar
HS2 at Old Oak Common / HS2

HS2 has released the latest designs for a new station at Old Oak Common.

The station forms part of the regeneration of Old Oak and Park Royal in West London, led by the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation.

Plans also include a new neighbourhood supporting up to 65,000 jobs and 25,500 new homes.

HS2 said the high-speed platforms would be situated underground, with an integrated connection to the adjoining conventional station at ground level between HS2 and Elizabeth line (Crossrail) trains, to Heathrow and central London.

The current design also includes the potential for provision of future services to Wales and the west of England from Old Oak Common. Escalators will take passengers down to the HS2 platforms, with a new public park built above them.

The station was designed by a team led by WSP and architects at WilkinsonEyre. The plans drawn up envisage an estimated 250,000 people passing through the site every day.

Matthew Botelle, HS2’s Old Oak Common project director, said: “Linking HS2 and Crossrail, our new station will be a landmark piece of architecture at the heart of the development, designed around the passenger to ensure seamless, accessible and stress-free travel.

“We want the community to be a part of the design process and we are asking for their views on the latest plans.”

The station will be located on the former Great Western railway depot. HS2 said it is currently working to clear the site and prepare the ground for the start of construction, later this year. Trains are due to start running there in 2026.

Construction teams

HS2 has awarded contracts to the construction teams that deliver the project’s London terminus and its West London super-hub at Old Oak Common. It is thought that the deals could support up to 4,000 jobs across the UK.

HS2 said it intends to appoint the following joint ventures:

  • Euston: Mace Limited and Dragados S.A.
  • Old Oak Common: Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets SAS and SYSTRA Ltd.

The station construction partners will work with HS2 Ltd and the station designers to coordinate the delivery of the station, including platforms and concourse, as well as links to the London Underground and other rail services.

Image credit | HS2