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Arup’s HS2 Interchange design wins Gold at WAN

Brad Ryan, Senior PR Coordinator Brad Ryan UKIMEA Press Office,London
19 November 2020

HS2 Interchange has been taken home gold in the World Architecture News (WAN) Future Projects – Transport category. The awards bring together the most senior and influential professionals from across Architecture internationally to recognise and celebrate excellence.

Reflecting Covid-19 restrictions this year’s online event saw designs for the Solihull high speed station was declared as the outright winner in the “Future Projects – Transport” category for its sustainability credentials and its glue-laminated timber structure which judges said is a “very impressive response to sustainable design for the future”. Judges included architects from Make, Grimshaw, Weston Williamson, Woods Bagot and HOK.

I would like to thank, on behalf of Arup, HS2 who have given us the opportunity to design a truly sustainable and world class station in the West Midlands.” He also thanked Arup’s team who he said had “worked tirelessly to deliver on HS2’s Design Vision. ” Kim Quazi Lead Architect, Arup

HS2’s Design Director, Kay Hughes said:

“We are aiming to make HS2 the most sustainable railway in the world, and ensure our designs can be enjoyed by everyone; are developed with a sense of place and that they stand the test of time. WAN’s recognition of the sustainability of Interchange station designs is a fantastic endorsement of HS2’s design approach.”

HS2 Birmingham Interchange has been recognised for setting new standards in sustinabiltiy having been awarded BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ earlier this year. It is the first railway station in world to achieve top sustainability certification.

Arup’s architecture team also recently won the ‘Infrastructure Architect of the Year’ at the 2020 Architect of the Year Awards (AYAs) by Building Design where HS2 also featured.