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High Speed 2 recruiting for design champions

Recruitment of up to 30 design experts to act as a “critical friend” of High Speed 2 is underway.

HS2 Design Panel chair Sadie Morgan has begun recruiting experts from many different design disciplines to the panel that will oversee the design development of High Speed 2.

Morgan is founding Director of architect dRMM and over a career spanning more than 18 years she has been involved in the design and delivery of many of their key projects.

Project promoter HS2 Ltd published its Design Vision in March 2015 to embed design excellence in all aspects of HS2. The Design Panel, led by Sadie Morgan, will be a “critical friend” to HS2, ensuring that as it develops its designs it delivers on the HS2 Design Vision.

“HS2 is one of the country’s great design opportunities. I am looking for a group of experts from across a wide range of disciplines to join HS2’s independent Design Panel. They will help make sure that design remains at the core of this project and delivers all its potential benefits for future generations,” said Morgan.

“HS2 needs to work not only for its passengers but for all the communities it affects. It should respect and enhance the environment and stand the test of time. I have confidence that with an influential Design Panel we can ensure that HS2 provides an outstanding passenger experience and best value to the nation.”

HS2 Ltd chief executive Simon Kirby said design had a “central role” to play to ensure the project achieves its full potential.

“It must work for everyone, not just those who use it,” he said. “How the line exists in urban and rural environments; how its stations work as public realm and enable regeneration; how design should be inclusive. The Design Panel’s role, in keeping the project true to these aims, will be key to successfully delivering HS2.”

The Design Panel of around 30 design experts will begin its work in autumn 2015. Applications to the Panel can be made through HS2 Ltd’s website.

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