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19.01.18

HS2 releases concept images of new Colne Valley viaduct

HS2 Ltd has today released an initial concept of how it expects the Colne Valley viaduct to look once construction is complete.

The concept released today, which has been put out for communities to give their views on, will help inform development of the final design.

Developed by specialist architects Martin Knight with the Colne Valley Regional Park Panel and the HS2 Independent Design Panel, the concept is looking into a range of options for how the viaduct can be sensitively and aesthetically built in the Colne Valley.

It was developed around 14 key criteria set by HS2 Ltd, including whether the design fits the landscape, as well as how it maintains views and landscape ‘flow.’

CVV KG010 0016670 VIEW 01 HayesDavidson KnightArchitects

“The construction of the Colne Valley HS2 viaduct will have a significant impact on the Colne Valley area,” said chair of the Colne Valley Regional Park panel, Jim Barclay.

“The Colne Valley Panel which is drawn from local stakeholders, is very pleased to have been consulted and through a series of workshops, Panel Members have been able to understand the design principles for the viaduct.

“The Colne Valley Regional Park Panel looks forward to further engagement with HS2 and Align over the actual viaduct design.”

The concept document also details information about innovative ideas for features, such as transparent noise-reduction barriers with vertical lines and creating a slimmer side profile of the viaduct.

CVV KG010 0016673 VIEW 04 HayesDavidson KnightArchitects

Sadie Morgan, chair of the Independent Design Panel, said: “We are delighted that this imaginative and carefully-considered concept has been published, and can form the basis for wider discussions with the communities around the Colne Valley and all those who value and use the spaces and amenities within it.

“The Independent Design Panel will continue to work hard to ensure that the viaduct’s final design respects its location and communities, whilst being a shining example of great design that Britain can be proud of.”

And HS2 Ltd programme director, Mike Hickson, added: “The Colne Valley viaduct will be one of the longest viaducts in the UK, and one of HS2’s best-known structures.

“We have every confidence that our contractor, Align, will continue this collaborative approach and engagement, as they now develop their own scheme and then detailed design of this significant structure.”

Comments

Peter Jarvis   19/01/2018 at 12:15

No overhead poles or wires, then?

Isambard Jean-Jacques Brunel   19/01/2018 at 12:22

Look again Peter, they're there in each 'shot.'

Huguenot   19/01/2018 at 12:42

You have to go to a full-screen image to see the OHLE but, yes, it's there -- although how realistic the artist's impression is remains to be seen. Given that this is designed for up to 250mph, it shows what can be done, compared with the blunderbuss OHLE being put up on the GWML for not much more than half that linespeed.

J, Leicester   19/01/2018 at 14:02

That's actually quite beautiful. Hope it looks as good "in the flesh".

Pete   19/01/2018 at 14:36

I must say that's one of the most elegant and graceful bridges/viaducts I've ever seen - kudos to the designers, let's hope it looks just as good in real life.

Lutz   19/01/2018 at 16:15

What would that material look like once the bridge has been in-situ for 15 years? How about in over-cast skies? Is there sufficient clearance under those arches for multiple paths under each arch? What will the piers on either side look live? Embankments or arches as well? What would the view be like with the missing crash-barriers in place?

Andrew Gwilt   19/01/2018 at 18:51

Looks bit more Japanese with the trees & the lake. And yes the Viaduct looks strange. Not sure whether this will be good idea but if so then it has to happen.

Jonathan Pile   19/01/2018 at 21:37

HS2 ltd now admit that Harefield community wears not consulted on this despite false claims from Ms Morgan. Add the noise screening with real photo of OLE and 95db trains scaring the wildlife : adds up to an obscenity - a concrete carbuncle in London's lungs built by force in the face of community protests. Shameful

Andrew JG   20/01/2018 at 13:01

Horrible design for a viaduct to be built over the Colne Valley as part of HS2.

Boris   21/01/2018 at 07:17

Well Andrew. Since you’re such a great engineer as well. Maybe you can apply for chief architect at HS2.

Chris M   21/01/2018 at 16:17

London's lungs? Hardly, these are flooded old gravel pits. They are the remnants of an industrial process that is still happening. If more oxygen is needed the pits should be filled in and covered with trees! The viaduct looks stunning, it is a really attractive design.

Andrew JG   22/01/2018 at 02:52

Suppose I could be a engineer Boris. But it won’t happen for me.

Boris   23/01/2018 at 10:18

Why not Andrew. Sign up for a Level 3 HND at your local college, no? You've got all these good ideas it'd be a shame if you didn't make it into a career.

Melvyn   23/01/2018 at 17:20

A documentary on HS1 Channel Tunnel Rail Link showed the bridge across The Medway and mentioned how good the bridge would look on a postage stamp . Well it seems this bridge would also look good on a postage stamp . As for lack overhead well Chris Grayling ordered HS2 to run on duckweed ..... ! A visit to Euston Station now has work underway on HS2 in the form of building and site clearance just like with Crossrail a decade ago when Hugh holes appeared across London but now we have 21st Century Stations and development and no doubt the same will happen with HS2 . Simply go along Euston Road and see how Kings Cross and St Pancras and lands behind are now being developed although with Euston you currently have a Hugh hole surrounded by buildings that lost their proper use decades ago and no doubt in 10 years time a massive improvement will be underway !

Ben Pollard   30/01/2018 at 10:09

Is it going to be concrete or steel? For such a shallow arch the arms look very thin to me!!

John Webster   01/02/2018 at 19:42

Anybody know how many Colne Valley's there are in England!

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