To be a catalyst for growth across Britain and enhance the lives of future generations HS2 Ltd published its Design Vision in March 2015 to embed design excellence in all aspects of HS2.
The Design Panel, led by Sadie Morgan will be a critical friend to HS2, ensuring that as it develops its designs it delivers on the HS2 Design Vision.
Commenting as recruitment was launched, Sadie Morgan said:
HS2 is one of the country’s great design opportunities. I am looking for a group of experts from across a wide range of disciplines to join HS2’s independent Design Panel. They will help make sure that design remains at the core of this project and delivers all its potential benefits for future generations.
HS2 needs to work not only for its passengers but for all the communities it affects. It should respect and enhance the environment and stand the test of time. I have confidence that with an influential Design Panel we can ensure that HS2 provides an outstanding passenger experience and best value to the nation.
Welcoming the launch of recruitment to the Design Panel, HS2 Ltd’s Chief Executive, Simon Kirby said:
Design has a central role to play to ensure that High Speed Two achieves its full potential. It must work for everyone, not just those who use it. How the line exists in urban and rural environments; how its stations work as public realm and enable regeneration; how design should be inclusive. The Design Panel’s role, in keeping the project true to these aims, will be key to successfully delivering HS2.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
We want HS2 to be a world class railway and to achieve that we need excellent design. The HS2 Design Panel has a vital role to play and I encourage talented people from a wide range of disciplines to become members of the panel. Together we will make HS2 into something that can truly transform our country.
The Design Panel of around 30 design experts will begin its work in autumn 2015.