HS2 Ties A Ribbon Round The Old Oak Three

Old Oak Common station

The joint venture between Vinci and Balfour Beatty along with Systra make up the three firms that will commence the building of the UK's newest and largest station - Old Oak Common.

The Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation granted planning permission on 19 May. The green light means that work can progress on building 14 platforms, with a 850 metre long station box, with a volume to fit 6,300 Routemaster buses in it. (There will be a mix of six high speed and eight conventional service platforms.)

When operational, the station will be used by up to an estimated 250,000 passengers each day and is set to become one of the busiest railway stations in the country. It will provide seamless connectivity with conventional rail services through eight conventional train platforms, to be served by the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), Heathrow Express and trains to Wales and the West of England.


Natural ventilation

The HS2 Old Oak Common station will incorporate some striking design features, such as an impressive sequence of interlocking curved roof forms which has been designed to enhance the open environment of the station and provide natural ventilation minimising the need for long term energy consumption. The arch forms also reduce the need for columns to support the roof and provide clear sight lines, allowing views across the station to help visitors orientate themselves. The station design development has been led by engineering professional services consultancy WSP with architectural support from WilkinsonEyre.

New public spaces are also being created as part of the design including a new public square directly outside the station. It will include seating and cycle parking and could also be used as a setting for public artwork.


Thousands of homes

The HS2 station will be a catalyst and gateway for Old Oak and Park Royal, one of the largest regeneration sites in the UK.  Plans to transform the wider area around the station, a former railway and industrial site, are being led by the OPDC and they project that the area around the new HS2 station will become a neighbourhood with the potential to create tens of thousands of homes and jobs.


 “The planning approval for the Old Oak Common super-hub station is an important milestone in the delivery of Britain’s new world-class low carbon railway. Building a new railway station for the UK on this scale and size will be an incredible achievement for British engineering”

– Matthew Botelle 

Stations Director, HS2 Ltd


Public benefits

Liz Peace, Chair of OPDC said: “Now, more so than ever, the delivery of new and affordable homes and jobs at Old Oak and Park Royal is needed to capitalise on the unrivalled connectivity that HS2 will bring. By working closely with key stakeholders and partners, including HS2, the local London Boroughs and Network Rail, while listening to and collaborating with local people, we can make sure these public benefits are realised.”




The station is designed to meet a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard which is an industry recognised standard for buildings that reduce energy usage and materials waste, and minimise impact on the natural environment.



Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra are set to begin work in June.


Picture: An impression of how Old Oak Common station, the newest and largest in the UK, will look.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis
26th May 2020


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