Building covered in 13,000 white tiles

A four-storey cube covered in more than 13,000 white tiles and which will house a substation as part of the HS2 station scheme at Euston has been given planning.

Camden council gave the scheme, which has been designed by Weston Williamson, the architect behind the new Crossrail station at Paddington, and William Matthews Associates, one of the team that has designed the new Tintagel footbridge that opened yesterday (Sunday), the green light last week.

As well as the substation, the building will also include electrical equipment and a ventilation shaft for the Northern line.

It has been covered in over 13,000 glazed ivory-white tiles, taking inspiration from London Underground’s oxblood-red terracotta tiled stations such as nearby Great Portland Street, which are intended to reflect light into the surrounding streets.

The new shaft will be on Stephenson Way, a small street behind Euston Road, on the site of the eight-storey Wolfson House, which is currently being demolished. The structure will be as big below ground as above, with tunnels linking it to the Northern line.

Wolfson House was built in the 1960s for University College London’s science department.

It is being torn down by a Costain/Skanska team tasked with pulling down buildings in the area to make way for the new station. John F Hunt is demolition contractor.