Igniting the future of high-speed rail with HS2

  • Jo Maude
The Challenge
The largest investment into British railway infrastructure since the Victorian era, High Speed Two (HS2) has set out to be a catalyst for growth across the UK. We were tasked with setting out a Design Vision that would stimulate best-in-class design for the programme.
The Approach
A co-creation methodology saw us collaborating with stakeholders across HS2, the government, industry and the third sector to define the programme’s design goals. The result was nine inspiring design principles under the core themes of People, Place and Time that would guide the future of high-speed rail.
The Impact
  • Vision evolved: people, place and time design principles embedded into the HS2 strategy
  • Suppliers inspired: HS2 seen as model for rail and infrastructure, and on track to deliver an exemplary passenger experience
  • Strategy focused: core principles defined to drive all design strategy, management, briefs and procurement


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