HS2 has revealed the latest designs for Old Oak Common station that was designed by a team led by WSP and architects, WilkinsonEyre. The new station will help kick-start the UK’s best connected rail interchange with an estimated 250,000 people passing through every day. The station will be built on the former Great Western railway depot at Old Oak Common, where HS2 is currently working to clear the site and prepare the ground for the start of construction, later this year.The first services are due to run in 2026.
“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,” Matthew Botelle, HS2’s Old Oak Common Project Director, said.
The 6, 450 metre HS2 platforms, situated underground, will be built in a 1 km long underground box, with twin tunnels taking high speed trains east to the terminus at Euston and west to the outskirts of London. Material excavated during work on the tunnels will be removed by rail from the nearby former Willesden Euroterminal depot.
The high-speed platforms will have an integrated connection to the adjoining conventional station at ground level via a stylish shared overbridge providing seamless connections between HS2 and Elizabeth line trains, to Heathrow and central London. The current station design also includes the potential for provision of future services to Wales and the west of England from Old Oak Common.
A light and airy concourse will link both halves of the station with a soaring roof inspired by the site’s industrial heritage. Escalators will take passengers down to the HS2 platforms, with a new public park built above them. The green space, which could include broad-leafed trees and water features, and outdoor event spaces, will welcome visitors to Old Oak Common and provide a new focal point for the growing community.
The long-term planning and development of the wider site is being led by the Mayor’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation which is planning a mixed-use development, with commercial, residential and leisure uses.