Creating a pioneering high density community
Moving through and around the Old Oak Common area is currently quite a challenge given the existing railway infrastructure and level changes associated with pedestrian routes and roads. There is limited access to land parcels locked in by rail tracks and new enabling infrastructure is needed to release other valuable land assets, including maximising development potential over the station.
Old Oak Common will be a pioneering high density community located within an established low-rise early 20th century west London suburb and careful consideration needs to be given to the phasing of the land release and the HS2 hub.
A new transportation hub for London
Our design studies considered not just the HS2 station but its wider context and the development opportunities that a station of this size offers. To begin with the station will act as an interchange site but as the surrounding community grows and develops it will become a central transportation hub delivering people into and out of central London.
We identified key areas for development and the appropriate land uses to ensure a real community could develop - one with jobs, infrastructure and homes.
The phasing strategy was key to delivering sustainable growth and integrating the new community with the old.
We build on HS2’s over station development strategy, which considers developing off and above the HS2 box, and incorporating required station enabling works to allow the development to occur. This connected thinking reduces cost and risk to the HS2 project with viable new OSD proposals.