High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) is inviting developers to start preparing their visions for over-site development (OSD) at Euston station, as part of the station’s overhaul in preparation for the new rail line.
Project promoter HS2 Ltd put out an alert about the up-coming OSD opportunities. It was released as part of the build up to start of the procurement process for the main ”stations design” competition, which will be announced in the spring.
Despite the design being in its infancy with very little information on the size, location and value, HS2 Ltd said it wanted the developer to have the chance to influence the detailed design to get an optimum solution.
But it stressed that any development built above the station would have to follow the usual local planning processes rather than to be included in the current or any future hybrid bills. This would include adressing issues like the amount of affordable housing, or the protected view from Primrose Hill to the City of London.
An HS2 Ltd spokesperson said: “This is an important first step to find a long-term partner to take forward the potential for new homes, shops and offices above and around Euston station once the core HS2 work is complete.
“Any future development will be subject to all the usual local planning controls and we will continue to engage with the community throughout the process, so that, together, we can build a Euston that works for everyone.”
The development of Euston Station has been dogged by differing views about whether to develop the whole station at once or in two separate phases.