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HS2 Old Oak Common Station Rated BREEAM Outstanding

HS2 Old Oak Common Station Rated BREEAM Outstanding
16 August 2023

HS2’s new “super hub” station at Old Oak Common in West London has been awarded an outstanding score under the BREEAM assessment.

Old Oak Common will be the largest newly built station in the UK and is currently being constructed by HS2's Station Construction Partner: a Balfour Beatty, Vinci and SYSTRA Joint Venture. 

BREEAM Outstanding is a level of performance met by only one per cent of new build assets globally.


Net-Zero Railway Station


The station will be a net-zero site which will require minimal or no grid-supplied energy when in use. The station also uses a spoil conveyor system to remove large volumes of excavated materials with a significantly reduced requirement for lorries to use the road network.

Old Oak Common also encourages sustainable travel to and from the station, with cycling facilities, and EV charging facilities making up 16 per cent of the parking facilities at the station – higher than the three per cent required by BREEAM standards.

The design was also awarded an exemplary credit for its adaptation to climate change, taking into account thermal modelling showing that the station won’t overheat as a result of potential climate change impacts and events. Rainwater harvesting at the station is expected to cover 100 per cent of the demand for urinal and WC flushing at the station.

In addition, it was acknowledged that the station has been designed for durability and resilience with protective measures taken for vulnerable and exposed parts of the station that will avoid the risk of deterioration and reduce maintenance demands.

Simon Regan, WSP Project Director for HS2 Old Oak Common, said: “We’re delighted to see Old Oak Common receive an ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM rating for its sustainability credentials. This is testament to the collaborative partnership between HS2 and WSP to create solutions which contribute to a more sustainable built environment.

“Our railways have the unique ability to both decarbonise the transport network and drive economic and social prosperity across the country, with stations such as Old Oak Common being the access point to the opportunities this provides.”

Picture: a CGI showing the interior of the new station with an open concourse and a mezzanine seating area. Image Credit: HS2

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 16 August 2023


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