HS2 Ltd has revealed plans for the London super hub at Old Oak Common.
The new station is expected to handle over a quarter of a million passengers each day and will be critical in connecting the Elizabeth Line and HS2. It is one of the largest regeneration sites in the UK, generating the potential to create tens of thousand of jobs and new homes in the Old Oak Common area.
Connecting Heathrow, Wales and the west to the HS2 line the station will be vital to connecting the midlands and the north. Six platforms and a modern design will greet the travellers on the two new train lines in style.
Matthew Botelle, HS2’s stations director said: “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.”
Adrian Tooth, project director on Old Oak Common for WSP which is designing the station, said: “Old Oak Common has been designed to be a landmark destination within the UK’s transport network and will be a force for regeneration in West London, supporting new jobs and homes within the wider OPDC area. The design responds to the station’s function, as two-thirds of those using the station will be interchanging between the below ground HS2 and the above ground conventional rail services.”
Bosco Lam, Wilkinson Eyre project director, said: “Our architectural approach is inspired by the rich history of the site and its railway heritage. The station unifies the various connecting railways under a single roof, a series of interlocking arched vaults which break down the volume to a more human scale and celebrate the structural engineering as a fundamental part of the architecture.
“The dramatic volumes underneath have open and clear sightlines that promote intuitive wayfinding for users, and allow natural light and visual links outwards to the present and future context.”
The planning application will now be considered by Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and a decision is expected by Summer 2020.
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