Architects, engineers and design specialist join group chaired by Sadie Morgan

Tate director Nicholas Serota, architect Glenn Howells, place making expert Les Sparks and former Foster’s partner Alistair Lenczer are among the 45 names appointed to a design panel for the HS2 railway.

It is being chaired by dRMM co-founder Sadie Morgan (pictured) who had initially expected to lead a team of around 30 design experts.

But the number has increased by half with members of the team also forming part of regional design panels.

HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Members from this group will form part of the regional site-specific design panels, for example at Birmingham Curzon Street station so that the whole project benefits from the skills and expertise now available.”

Other panel members include former John McAslan director Hiro Aso, who moved to Gensler over the summer to head up the US firm’s regional transport and infrastructure division, AOC co-founder Daisy Froud, engineer Hanif Kara, specialist bridge architect Martin Knight who set up his eponymous practice back in 2006 after nine years at Wilkinson Eyre and Peter Maxwell, head of design London Legacy Development Corporation.

Also on the panel is OMA director Carol Patterson, Selina Mason, the director at LDA Design in charge of the UCL East campus masterplan at the Olympicopolis site in east London, the former chief executive of the Design Council when it merged with Cabe, David Kester, and Farrells partner Beatrix Young.

Morgan said: “Our aim is to mentor and inspire HS2 to design a transformational railway system which will exceed all of our expectations.”

HS2 Euston 2

How Grimshaw’s plan for the HS2 extension to Euston station might look


The panel will provide advice in a number of areas including urban, landscape, digital, brand and product. Last year Thomas Heatherwick was asked to help out in creating a set of design principles for the railway.

Kirby said the HS2 panel had been modelled on the panel that was set up for the 2012 Olympics. He added: “Success resulting from early implementation of a far-sighted design approach can be seen at London’s Olympic Park, where design and development focused on the Games’ legacy and the long-term development and sustainability of the site.”

Construction work on the first phase of the £43 billion railway – between London Euston and Birmingham – is planned to start in 2017 and be completed by 2026. Grimshaw is working on a £2.25 billion plan to extend Euston station which will see up to 11 new platforms built in a bolt-on building to the west of the existing station.


The panel in full

Sadie Morgan, chair

Paul Appleby, design and masterplanning expert

Reuben Arnold, senior VP, marketing and customer experience Virgin Atlantic

Hiro Aso, Gensler transport head

David Bonnett, architect, specialising in accessible design

Adam Brown, co-founder of architect Landolt & Brown

Patricia Brown, director of city space consultant Central

Tony Burton, conservation specialist

James O’Callaghan, structural glass specialist

Caroline Cole, owner of design consultant Colander Associates

Annie Coombs, landscape architect

Nathalie de Vries, co-founder of Dutch architect MVRDV

Dan Epstein, director of design consultant Useful Simple Projects

Daisy Froud, co-founder AOC

Richard George, managing director of rail consultant Interfleet Technology

Johanna Gibbons, landscape architect

Clive Grinyer, customer experience director in design office of Barclays Bank

Tom Holbrook, co-founder 5th Studio

Glenn Howells, architect

Hanif Kara, engineer

David Kester, design consultant and former Design Council chief executive

Martin Knight, founder Knight Architects

Alister Kratt, director LDA Design

Alistair Lenczner, director Expedition Engineering and former Foster’s partner

Mike Luddy, managing director Royal Docks

Selina Mason, director LDA Design

Peter Maxwell, head of design London Legacy Development Corporation

Kathryn Moore, International Federation of Landscape Architects president

Marie Bak Mortensen, head of exhibitions RIBA

Lucy Musgrave, founder of public realm consultant Publica

Greg Nugent, marketing guru and former chief marketing officer for the 2012 Olympics

Kevin Owens, co-founder Wilson Owens Owens Architects

Tina Paillet, head of UK and North America Generali Real Estate

Carol Patterson, OMA director

Luke Pearson, industrial designer

Sam Richards, head of urban integration at Crossrail

Jonathan Sands, chairman of brand design consultancy Elmwood

Ann Sawyer, architect and access consultant

Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate

Les Sparks, place making specialist and former director of planning and architecture at Birmingham council

Martin Stockley, engineer

Ben Terrett, group design director Co-Op

Raymond Turner, design specialist

Paul Watson, planner and urban design consultant

Simon Wright, Crossrail programme director

Beatrix Young, partner at Farrells