HS2 Old Oak Common Station
8 YEAR PROJECT
HIGH SPEED 2 LTD
BALFOUR BEATTY VINCI
SYSTRA JOINT VENTURE
HS2 Old Oak Common Station will be the UK’s best-connected rail station, providing direct services to three major airports and eight of Britain’s ten largest cities.
Management of the construction and delivery of HS2’s Old Oak Common Station was awarded to the Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA joint venture in September 2019.
The team is responsible for the final design, construction and commissioning of the station, delivering six underground platforms (four for HS2 and two for Crossrail) and eight platforms on the adjacent Great Western Main Line.
Old Oak Common is expected to serve 250,000 passengers per day. It will provide an interchange between HS2 and the new Elizabeth line to central London, Heathrow Airport, Slough and Reading, Heathrow Express and Great Western Railway services.
- 14 platforms
- 850m-long underground box
- Twin tunnels to the southern terminus at Euston
- More than 50 lifts and escalators
- Green space for the community
- Workforce of approximately 2,500 at construction peak
The Old Oak Common Station Integrated Project Team sees High Speed 2, Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA, WSP, Network Rail and the wider supply chain working together as one team.
This integrated approach brings all parties together to work towards achieving a common goal; promoting collaboration, transparency, trust and accountability across all operations.
Delivering sustainable solutions
Sustainable practice is crucial to Old Oak Common. The team has been recognised with a Green Apple Award for environmental best practice internationally and a Green Tariff (Renewable Power Supply Certificate), highlighting that all electricity on site is from renewable sources. Designs for the station have also been awarded the Outstanding BREEAM rating, uprated from previous ‘excellent’ rating. The award puts the new station in the top 1% of UK buildings for eco-friendly status.
Focused on Skills, Employment and Education
Skills, Employment and Education (SEE) initiatives have been an integral part of the Old Oak Common project. The team has won a range of awards for their SEE strategy, such as the Considerate Constructors Community Overall Ultra Site award. The SEE strategy delivers a novel and innovative approach to address one of the most significant problems within the construction sector – the ability to successfully connect with the public – and addresses the acute skills shortage to deliver maximum social impact and value.
The team has designed four scalable digital solutions to improve the long-term impact and performance of their community engagement programmes:
- Local Intelligence Plan
- SEE Portal
- Serious Gaming Initiative
- Student Mathematics System