HS2 designs for first main structure revealed
HS2 has revealed the design for the proposed replacement London Underground substation and vent shaft at Euston. The vent is the first major structure to be built as part of the transformation of the station ahead of the arrival of high speed services in 2026.
The design is both functional and contemporary, clad with more than 13,000 glazed ivory white tiles, the design draws inspiration from historic London Underground stations, such as nearby Great Portland Street, and will help to reflect light into the surrounding streets.
The glazed terracotta tiles – known as faience tiles – were also used extensively on the façade of the old vent shaft building, as well as many historic London Underground stations, such as South Kensington, Great Portland Street and Covent Garden. It is robust, durable and low maintenance, making it ideal for functional buildings.
The use of tiles also echoes the traditional practice of cladding the back of tall buildings with glazed white tiles to bring light into courtyards and confined spaces.
Designed by Architect Weston Williamson + Partners, with William Matthews Associates, the four-storey high cube will contain a substation for London Underground and UK Power Networks as well as a vent shaft for the Northern line. The building will replace an existing vent shaft which will be removed once the new vent shaft is up and running. This is to make way for six new platforms and a new concourse at Euston due to open in 2026.
HS2’s London Programme Director, Rob Carr, said: “HS2 will transform Euston, more than doubling the number of seats out of the station during peak hours and improving journeys for millions of people every year as well as unlocking opportunities for new homes, shops and employment around the wider area.
“The new vent shaft will be one of the first things we build and it’s important we get it right. I hope this intriguing, functional and contemporary design will be welcomed by all those who live, work and travel through Euston.”
If you are interested in finding out more about key infrastructure trends today, particularly in the Midlands, you may wish to attend the flagship infrastructure exhibition at the NEC in April 2019 : UKIS 2019
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