The new high-speed station is part of the UK’s largest regeneration project, led by the Mayor’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation. The project aims to transform the former railway and industrial area into a new neighbourhood supporting up to 65,000 jobs and 25,500 new homes. As part of the scheme, Old Oak Common station will be an important national interchange, connecting HS2, Elizabeth line (Crossrail) and Great Western Mainline trains, with potential for provision of future services to Wales and the west of England.
Expedition have been working in an integrated design team with WSP and WilkinsonEyre colleagues across the station; from the intricate façade details to back-of-house coordination and from the deep foundations to the highest roof vault. The scale of the project and complex needs of station stakeholders have required a creative technical approach to develop innovative structural engineering solutions. Cross-disciplinary thinking and working with closely with our colleagues from other specialisms have allowed these solutions to be realised as part of the station design.
HS2 is currently working to clear the site at the former Great Western railway depot at Old Oak Common to prepare the ground for construction later this year. The first services are due to run in 2026.
Today, on the launch of the station, the local community have been invited to comment on the designs, on display today at the Collective, Nash House on Old Oak Common Lane and other local venues over the coming month.
Images courtesy of WSP and WilkinsonEyre