Atkins has been appointed to lead a consortium to develop a masterplan for Sheffield Midland Railway station in preparation for the arrival of High Speed 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
Atkins will work in partnership with commercial property and real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield and Lambert Smith Hampton, and Merrett Houmøller Architects and Quatro PR.
Sheffield City Council said the consortium would work to ensure the station offered a “fitting environment” when HS2 services arrived in 2033 and would unlock potential growth in the area.
It will also provide services to enhance passenger experience in and around the station and improve connectivity to the station for rail, tram and bus users as well as cyclists and pedestrians.
Atkins project director Mike Gardner said: “Our masterplan will help ensure that by the time HS2 arrives in Sheffield, the station will be a focal point for the city and offer a first-class experience for passengers.
“Crucially, we’re also planning beyond the station to ensure that adjacent commercial and residential developments are a catalyst for delivering the city’s wider growth and regeneration ambitions.”
The consortium has been appointed by a partnership comprising Sheffield City Council, Sheffield City Region, London and Continental Railways, Department for Transport, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Transport for the North, Network Rail, HS2 Ltd and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.
An artist’s impression of what the new High Speed 2 (HS2) station might look like was released by the council in May this year. The vision was set out in the Council’s city centre masterplan.
In July this year, High Speed 2 started preparatory works for the future electrification of a 25km section of the Midland Main Line which will used by HS2 trains in phase 2b. The work came after the announcement that the rest of the line would not be electrified.
The city masterplan also details plans to expand Sheffield’s airport which has been backed by the public.
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