One of four stations on HS2, Interchange will serve the cities, towns and communities of West Midlands and beyond.
When complete in 2040 the 150 hectare site could provide parking for up to a maximum of 7500 cars. While this site, and the wider project is clearly dominated by the high speed track and it's related structures of embankments, cuttings, bridges and retaining walls,the site remains largely a piece of rural landscape, only 1/3rd of the site will sit within HS2's operational boundary . To that extent the design of Interchange is shaped by and led by the landscape.
Set in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, itself a remnant of Shakespeare’s Forest of Arden there are clear references and characteristics to draw on, streams, hedges, oak and small field enclosures being the main components.
This landscape oozes water,where rain falls it comes bubbling to the surface, where man has grown crops,they have been set on low ridges to keep them dry. Woodlands come in all shapes and sizes, going by many names, furze, spinney, copse, rough. This rich narrative has shaped our landscape, expansive car parks are formed into fields, hedge-lined rides provide the main routes to the stations.
Such a project opens new doors and opportunities with radical thinking around the purpose of landscape. Substantive planting helps to cleanse the air, removing particulate matter and NOx generated by vehicles on the adjoining motorways and planes from the neighbouring airport.
Churchman Thornhill Finch assisted Arup and HS2 with the development of design stage proposals for Interchange Station.