Leading civil engineers have joined big names from Virgin Atlantic, Barclays and the Tate on the list of 45 architects, construction and design specialists who make up the new independent design panel that will oversee High Speed 2.
Civi lengineer Martin Stockley will bring his experience to the mega project after working on a series of Moscow-based construction schemes. He is also an advisor to English Heritage.
Crossrail programme director Simon Wright has also been appointed as a panel member. He has previously worked at Network Rail and was responsible for infrastructure design and delivery at the Olympic Delivery Authority.
Also on the list is Hanif Kara, co-founder of structural engineering firm AKT II and Harvard professor in practice of architectural technology at the Graduate School of Design.
The aim of the panel is to ensure that the best design principles are applied to all design work on HS2. It is chaired by architect Sadie Morgan and will focus on the themes of people, place and time.
Morgan said: “I am delighted that we’re now up and running with the HS2 Independent Design Panel. Our aim is to mentor and inspire HS2 to design a transformational railway system which will exceed all of our expectations.”
“The British creative and engineering industry is already delivering outstanding examples of design excellence around the world. HS2 is a huge opportunity to bring that brilliance home.”
The panel members will form part of the regional site-specific design panels. Other panel members include Virgin Atlantic Airways senior vice president for marketing and customer experience Reuben Arnold, Barclays customer experience director Clive Grinyer and Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota.
Earlier this year there were criticisms in the architectural press of HS2’s planned use of standardisation as a means to boost efficiency. HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins had been accused in NCE sister title the Architects’ Journal of having a “depressing” view of design, although at the time of the project’s design vision launch he said he wanted to ensure it is a project that is “admired around the world.”