HS2 Names 16 New Members To Its Design Panel | New
HS2 Ltd has announced the 16 new members of its Independent Design Advisory Board.
Among them are Fiona Scott, co-founder of Gort Scott, Nisha Kurian, partner at We Made That, and Dav Bansal, partner at Glenn Howells Architects.
Others include Jason Bruges, a former Fosters architect whose studio mixes architecture and entertainment, and Kathryn Firth, who was chief design officer at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).
They will take up their duties next month, as mobilization work to expand HS2 to Crewe as part of phase 2a.
The design panel, chaired by Sadie Morgan of dRMM, is intended to be a critical friend scrutinizing the railroad and ensuring that, through good design and guided by the HS2 design vision, it delivers economic benefits, social and environmental issues for the whole country.
Morgan said it received more than 100 applications after the call for experts was published in April.
“It is important that the independent HS2 design panel continues to evolve, bringing new perspectives,” she said. “We have increased the diversity of the panel and adjusted the range of skills it includes to meet the needs of this stage of HS2 Ltd.’s design work.
Areas of expertise represented include procurement, rail operations and customer experience as well as civil and structural engineering, urban design and architecture.
There are now 40 people on the panel, with a female: male ratio of 40:60. One fifth of the members are of black or minority origin.
Bansal said: “I am eager to help advance the UK’s most important infrastructure project. Living and working in Birmingham, I am interested in how the city can maintain its identity and rich heritage while simultaneously becoming a global city. I think the desire to be ‘More Birmingham, Less Anywhere’ should be a priority.
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The 16 new members of the HS2 Independent Design Panel are:
• Dav Bansal, partner, Glenn Howells Architects
• Jason Bruges, Founder, Jason Bruges Studio
• Sophie Chapman, Business Manager and Director, Heathrow Express
• Asif Din, Director of Sustainable Development, Perkins & Will
• David Dropkin, independent consultant
• Kathryn Firth, partner, FPdesign
• Eric Hallquist, responsible for landscape architecture, Allies and Morrison
• Chris Hendy, Technical Director for UK&E Transport, Atkins
• Phil Jones, President, Phil Jones Associates Ltd
• Sasha Krstanovic, Founder, mstep
• Nisha Kurian, partner, We Made That
• Deborah Nagan, Director of Global Sustainability, Handley House
• Paul Priestman, President, Co-Founder and Designer, PriestmanGoode Ltd
• Fiona Scott, Director, Gort Scott
• Joris Smits, Managing Director, Ney & Partners
• David Ubaka, Director, DUP Limited
They join these existing panel members:
• Prof. Sadie Morgan (Chairman), Founding Director of dRMM
• Tony Burton (vice-president), community and sustainable development consultant
• Harbinder Birdi, Senior Partner, Head of Infrastructure and Transport,
• Adam Brown, founding partner, Landolt + Brown
• Pat Brown, Director, Center
• Caroline Cole, Director, Colander Associates
• Annie Coombs, landscape architecture consultant
• Clive Grinyer, independent design consultant
• Kirsten Henson, Director, KLH Sustainability
• Teacher. Tom Holbrook, Founding Director, 5th Studio
• Gillian James, Managing Director, SignalCX
• Teacher. Hanif Kara, Design Director and Co-Founder, AKT II / Harvard Graduate
• Mike Martin, Director, Turkington Martin
• Peter Maxwell, Director of Design, London Legacy Development Corporation
• Jonathan McDowell, Founding Director, Matter Architecture
• Teacher. Kathryn Moore, Professor of Landscape Architecture, Birmingham City
• Laurie Peake, Director, Super Slow Way
• Luke Pearson, Director, Pearson Lloyd
• Xanthe Quayle, director, Xanthe Quayle landscape architects
• Sam Richards, planning consultant
• Jonathan Sands, President, Elmwood
• Ann Sawyer, Director, Access = Design
• Martin Stockley, engineering consultant
• Ben Terrett, Designer / CEO, Public Digital