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Architects behind Euston MDP bidders hinted

HS2 Euston



Major architects including Big, AHMM, Farrells and SOM are understood to be among those backing the developers bidding for the High Speed 2 master development partner role at Euston Station.

According to New Civil Engineer sister title The Architects’ Journal, sources close to the project said the firms were working with the three shortlisted teams for the huge £4bn development.

The winning bidder will advise on and subsequently deliver a major mixed-use development, including new homes, offices and shops, working with HS2, Network Rail, the station design contract winner and local councils to create ‘a unified masterplan’ for the area.

Following the withdrawal of developers Landsec and Westfield, just Canary Wharf Group, Euston Regeneration Partnership (led by Argent Related Services) and Lendlease remain in the mix. Canary Wharf group’s bid is also being bolstered by Hong Kong based rail giant MTR which was revealed by New Civil Engineer last week.

Other architects believed to be partnering on the proposals include RIBA 2014 Stirling Prize winner Haworth Tompkins and Asif Khan. 

The winning bidder is expected to be appointed early next year at in enough time to allow it to bid for the construction partner role.

Euston station is the most complex of the four HS2 stations that will be built as part of its phase 1 route from Euston to Birmingham.

HS2 was asked for comment.

Could these architects be in the running for the Euston job?

  • Farrells with KPF (linked with Euston Regeneration Partnership led by Argent Related Services)
  • Allies and Morrison with SOM (linked with Canary Wharf Group)
  • AHMM, Asif Khan, BIG, Grimshaw  and Haworth Tompkins (linked with Lendlease)

Original The Architects’ Journal story  was written by Richard Waite.

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