HS2 steams ahead with Old Oak Common plans

 

HS2 Ltd has unveiled updated designs for the ‘super-hub’ at Old Oak Common in west London, following the Government’s decision to proceed with the high speed rail link.

The Old Oak Common scheme is likely to be the only station delivered by the government-owned company in the capital after ministers announced new delivery arrangements for the HS2 terminus at Euston.

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The new designs are part of the Schedule 17 submission to the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, which is developing the wider area, one of the largest regeneration sites in the UK.

HS2 Ltd said the station will provide a ‘world-class interchange’ for an estimated 250,000 passengers each day and will be a gateway into Old Oak and Park Royal.

Matthew Botelle, HS2’s stations director said: ‘Significant progress is already being made at Old Oak Common with site clearance ready for station construction to start. The Schedule 17 submission is the next step in HS2’s delivery of a world class railway, with landmark station architecture designed with future passengers in mind.

‘HS2 will transform Old Oak Common, and will be the key to unlocking thousands of new jobs and homes around what will be the UK’s best connected transport hub.’

The new station will incorporate passenger and retail facilities and provide direct interchange with conventional rail services through eight conventional train platforms, to be served by the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), taking passengers to Heathrow and Central London, and trains to Wales and the West of England.

Design development has been led by engineering professional services consultancy WSP, and architects WilkinsonEyre.

Designs for the station confirm that the six high-speed platforms will be situated underground with an integrated connection to the adjoining conventional station at ground level via a stylish shared overbridge. A ‘light and airy’ concourse will link both halves of the station, unified by a vast roof inspired by the site’s industrial heritage.

To the west of the station, above the HS2 platforms, there will be a new public park. The submission also includes an application to lower and widen Old Oak Common Lane, which HS2 Ltd said will improve access to the station for buses and pedestrians.

Work at Old Oak Common to prepare for construction of the station has been ongoing since 2017 and HS2 Ltd said the site is ‘near ready’ to be handed over to its station construction partner, Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra JV (BBVS) which was awarded the contract last September.

It said the enabling works contractor, Costain Skanska JV (CSJV) has to date made considerable progress on the site, clearing 32,000 cubic meters of former rail depot sheds and outbuildings, working through 105,000 cubic metres of earth to clear the site and remove any contamination built up over a century of continuous railway use.

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