HS2 Limited has revealed the designers for its £1.3 billion high speed train station at Old Oak Common.

WSP UK, the design partners behind projects like the Shard, King's Cross station and several Crossrail projects, has been named as the station's designers.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects will partner on the project, drawing from its experience with projects like the Battersea Power Station redevelopment, the Emirates Air Line cable car and Davies Alpine House at Kew Gardens.

The new station will lie at the heart of country's largest redevelopment project, at Old Oak and Park Royal, bringing 25,500 homes and 65,000 new jobs to the area.

WSP will lead the design development of two new HS2 stations – Birmingham Curzon Street and Old Oak Common. 


Bids opened for contract opportunities early last year on HS2 stations at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange, London’s Old Oak Common and London Euston. These landmark stations will be at the heart of phase one of this transformative project, promoting economic growth across the country and providing the best possible customer experience with world-class amenities.  

The WSP team will work closely with Grimshaw Architects on Birmingham Curzon Street and with Wilkinson Eyre Architects on the development on Old Oak Common.

The stations are due to open in 2026.

Darren Reed, Managing Director of Rail at WSP, said: “We look forward to collaborating with HS2 to deliver iconic, world-class and people-centred stations at Birmingham Curzon Street and Old Oak Common that represent value for money for the communities they will serve.”

Neven Sidor, Lead Design Architect at Grimshaw Partners said: “The task of embedding such a large structure within the city core’s south eastern edges brings a huge responsibility to provide the appropriate conviviality, connectivity and coherence. We look forward to realising this vision for HS2.”

Comments Oliver Tyler Director at WilkinsonEyre: “WilkinsonEyre is extremely pleased to continue our involvement in HS2 following our role on various aspects of the project over the last seven years. We are looking forward to the challenge of designing the planned new station at Old Oak Common which will act as a catalyst for one of the largest regeneration areas in London”

This latest appointment builds on WSP’s expertise leading major infrastructure projects including Crossrail Bond Street, the design of the HS2 interchange at Old Oak Common, and the redevelopment of London Bridge Station which was completed in early 2018.

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With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.

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