Designs have been revealed for Washwood Heath Depot, the 2km long HS2 nerve centre including maintenance depot and main control centre for the whole HS2 network, which will create around 550 long-term jobs in Birmingham. The designs celebrate local heritage and include landscaped habitats, renewable energy, electric vehicle parking, cycling and pedestrian pathways.
HS2 trains will be maintained, serviced and stored at the depot when not in use, and the site includes the Maintenance Building, Network Integrated Control Centre (NICC) and Cleaners and Drivers Building. Once operational up to 46no. 200m long trains, will arrive for maintenance, service and cleaning each day. The Depot and NICC will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will have the capacity to store up to 59no. 200m long trains.
All the buildings have been designed to celebrate engineering and provide sustainable working and outdoor spaces for staff. The site layout maximises sunlight and reduces the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours, while solar roof panels, recycled water, sustainable drainage, renewable energy, low carbon materials and intelligent lighting will all bring environmental benefits during construction and operation.
Landscape design and green spaces play a key role, with each building having a specifically designed landscape style, outdoor social spaces for staff, and areas which restore biodiversity and wider habitat connections.
Accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists have been considered in the design, with dedicated safe pedestrian and cyclist routes connecting with Birmingham’s future transport network. Electric vehicle parking, cycle parking for staff and visitors, and parking for individuals with limited mobility will be provided at all depot facilities, alongside taxi and delivery vehicle drop off zones.
Our Director, Alan McCartney, says: “The Washwood Heath Depot is a true asset for the region, bringing the heart of the HS2 network to Birmingham. Investment in job creation and aspirational standards of sustainable design have guided development of the architecture and integrated railway infrastructure. Elegant industrial buildings are set within a heathland landscape with staff safety, wellness and operational efficiency at the core of each building’s design.”
“It is incredible to see the transformation of the site, which has always been part of the UK’s railway history, and we look forward to the next stages of design for the operational heart of the HS2 railway network.”
The designs have been produced by HS2’s Engineering Delivery Partner — a joint venture between Jacobs, Atkins and Sener, with GHA and landscape architects, Grant Associates.
Learn more about the Washwood Heath depot and NICC and provide feedback, via the dedicated web site www.hs2inbirmingham.co.uk.