HS2 Interchange First Station in the World to Get Environmental ‘Outstanding’ Grade

‘Outstanding’ is the top classification and puts HS2’s Interchange in the top 1 percent of buildings in the UK with regards to sustainability. The award took into account the fact that the station will maximise natural daylight and ventilation, the station roof design which can capture and reuse rainwater, and features that will allow for net-zero carbon emissions from daily energy consumption.

For instance, the use of natural daylight and ventilation will keep the need for carbon as low as possible. Energy-efficient technologies such as LED lighting and air-source heat pumps will also be used. And the Interchange and the Automated People Mover maintenance facility will have a combined 2000 square metres of solar panels.

Rainwater, collected from the main station building, will be fed into a rainwater harvesting tank under ground. With an estimated volume of 150 cubic metres it will cut mains water demand at the station. The landscaping will make use of sustainable drainage systems to lower the impact on surface water drainage. It will at the same time irrigate planted areas and the natural habitats around the station will increase the site’s biodiversity.

The station’s plans include cycle storage for 176 bicycles. Passengers accessing the station by bicycle can do so from the north, west and south-east through a mixture of dedicated routes. HS2 says there is additional space for cycle storage, depending on demand. There will also be a dedicated pedestrian access route to the station from the east.

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