CELEBRATIONS were in order as the design for the HS2 Interchange station in Solihull was handed a top award.
Design company Arup received a gold award in this year’s World Architecture News (WAN) awards ceremony.
This year’s awards, held online due to lockdown restrictions, saw designs for the new Solihull HS2 station recognised in the “Future Projects – Transport” category for their sustainability credentials and the station’s glue-laminated timber structure, which judges said is a “very impressive response to sustainable design for the future”.
The award follows on from the station’s recent recognition as the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification – a measure of sustainability for new and refurbished buildings – putting it in the top 1% of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials.
Tom Wilne, the project director for the Interchange Station, said: “We are aiming to make HS2 the most sustainable railway in the world, and ensure our designs can be enjoyed by everyone.
“Interchange station will be net zero in operation and is a key part of our strategy to reduce carbon and meet the Government’s 2050 zero-carbon target.
“WAN’s recognition of the sustainability of our station design is a fantastic endorsement of HS2’s design approach.”
The awards bring together the most senior and influential professionals from across Architecture internationally to recognise and celebrate excellence.