HS2 reveals Washwood Heath Depot designs

Entrance view of HS2's Washwood Health Maintenance Building

The first design images have been revealed of Washwood Heath Depot, HS2’s maintenance facility and main control centre for the whole HS2 network.

The site, north-east of Birmingham city centre, will create more than 550 jobs.

The facility is where HS2 trains will be maintained, serviced and stored when not in use. It includes the Maintenance Building, Network Integrated Control Centre (NICC) and Cleaners and Drivers Building. 

The Maintenance Building will be the primary hub of operations within the site, used to maintain the HS2 train fleet along with facilities to store materials and equipment. It includes office accommodation, workshops and staff welfare facilities. Around 250 staff will work in the building, including facilities management, fleet management, production, cleaning, and depot drivers.

The Network Integrated Control Centre will oversee the whole HS2 network and is located centrally within the Washwood Heath Depot site. This will be a standalone building, designed to accommodate the operational and management functions of the HS2 network. More than 100 staff will be based here.

The Cleaners and Drivers Building is in the depot’s western area and will host facilities for train servicing teams and driver training. This building will be linked to the stabling yard area, where trains will be cleaned and replenished, ready for passenger service. Around 200 staff will be based here.

The Stabling Yard area is located towards the west side of the depot site and will be where the trains are parked whilst not in operation.

The designs have been produced by HS2’s Engineering Delivery Partnership (EDP). As well as celebrating local heritage the designs also include landscaped habitats, renewable energy, electric vehicle parking plus cycling and pedestrian pathways. 

Richard Kirkham, HS2’s head of delivery project said: “Our design team have been focused on ensuring sustainability is incorporated into our Washwood Heath Depot site and it is a great example of HS2’s environmental ambitions. It’s also a pivotal site providing hundreds of crucial jobs for people in this area of Birmingham, highlighting the long-term economic benefits that HS2 is delivering for the region.

“We’re also working closely with Birmingham City Council and other key stakeholders to achieve aspirations for the wider area to the south of the Washwood Heath Depot site which provides the opportunity to create more jobs, connectivity, and environmental benefits.”

Russ Dale, project manager at HS2’s Engineering Delivery Partnership, added: “These images are part of an ongoing design process which will be refined and developed over the coming months by our expert team. Before we submit the designs to the local council for approval later this year, we are sharing them with the community and asking people for feedback around areas of our design.”

Work on site to date includes demolition of buildings and groundworks to prepare the site for the construction of the new depot and control centre.

Two face-to-face community information events are scheduled in July, providing a chance for residents and businesses to speak to members of the project team.

Environmental benefits at the site will include solar roof panels, reusing rainwater runoff from some of the building roofs, sustainable drainage, renewable energy, low carbon materials and intelligent lighting.

Landscape design and green spaces play a key role, with each building having a specifically designed landscape theme, outdoor social spaces for staff, and areas which restore biodiversity and wider habitat connections.

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