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Exclusive | WSP wins Euston HS2 design work

Rendering of Euston station

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has won the remaining High Speed 2 (HS2) package of work for the concept design of Euston Station.

Arup had been carrying out the work from 2012 until November last year when the final package was awarded to WSP. HS2 Ltd said that the tender for the work was evaluated on 70% technical and 30% price, and was split into three different contracts covering civils work, railway systems and environmental services. However it did not clarify on which the WSP bid was won.

The contracts are, in effect, the last of the concept design work (RIBA 2) and will pave the way for the start of the main ‘stations design’ competition, which is expected to begin in the spring. The winner of this subsequent contract will then take forward the detailed design (RIBA 3+).

An HS2 Ltd spokesperson said: “We can confirm that WSP has been awarded three contracts to provide ongoing design support as we continue to progress our plans for Euston Station.

“The contracts include design of the high speed station’s civil engineering, railway systems and environmental services, as well the development of a masterplan for Euston Station which will integrate the Network Rail, London Underground, HS2 and proposed Crossrail 2 stations as well potential over site development opportunities.”

Both companies qualified for the contract framework in 2012 with Arup winning the design work for the redevelopment of Euston Station to incorporate the planned HS2 terminus.

The HS2 Ltd spokesperson said that between 2012 and now, there had been a number of mini competitions for different packages which Arup had continued to win. However, when Arup’s contract came to the end of its term, WSP won the tender for the remaining package of works.

WSP was appointed in November 2016 and will carry out the concept design for the station on a nine month contract.

“They’re both on the framework and have been for many years so we have confidence in both companies, but WSP just happened to win the competition for the next package on the framework,” said the spokesperson.

“HS2 Ltd is looking forward to working with WSP’s experienced project team, who will work closely with stakeholders, including Camden Council and Greater London Authority, and in consultation with the local community to help us deliver a concept design that works for everyone.”

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will shorten its name to WSP in May.

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