HS2 Ltd Public Art Approach guidance

The Public Art Strategy document evolved from DK&A worked with High Speed Two (HS2) to develop their Design Visioand they were asked subsequently to expand upon its principles to implement an operational programme that would inspire staff and the supply chain – and maximise public value.  

Artscape were appointed to support DK&A in the preparation of arts specific content and developing a body of exemplar projects for reference.



Placing the Design Vision principles of people, place and time at the heart of our approach, we benchmarked existing design practices in the organisation. We then shaped a design management strategy to activate these principles across HS2. Implementation tools included a Design Handbook, a Public Art Strategy, training events, as well as an independent design panel to review supplier design practices.


Direction defined: Design Vision implemented across HS2 – cross-departmentally, in procurement and when engaging the supply chain

Principles embedded: new processes combined with the Design Handbook and other tools ensure the principles drive HS2’s design strategy and management

Design elevated: HS2 will be seen as a model of design and innovation for future rail and infrastructure


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