High Speed 2
Ken Harrison is the new Programme Director (HS2). He brings extensive experience of high speed rail related growth and programming with a background in strategic land use and transport planning, economic development and regeneration. This includes work on the UK Central initiative at Solihull. He also brings the wider skill set of LCR Ltd behind him as an internationally renowned company (owned by Department for Transport (DfT)), specialising in major development and regeneration around railway stations. Commenting on the opportunities in and around the HS2 Hub Station at Toton, Ken said:
“Precedents from elsewhere in the UK, including major developments undertaken or being realised by LCR across the UK including Kings Cross, Stratford City and Waterloo in London and Mayfield in Manchester demonstrate the potential for growth around major transport hubs. We see lots of great examples here in the UK and internationally from which we can learn. Getting the recipe right is the key to success and that means co-ordinated massive investment in enabling infrastructure.”
“The area around the HS2 station (which also includes a new Network Rail Station interchange to local transport) at Toton will require enhanced local infrastructure capacity to benefit local communities whilst absorbing growth envisaged. As well as optimising the opportunities around the station the team will also look at mitigating some of the environmental impacts working closely with colleagues across the region.”
“This is an exciting opportunity to work on one of the highest profile programmes in the UK at the moment, working with HS2 Ltd, DfT, and a range of other government and non-government agencies and private sector involving development, parliamentary process and delivery. All of this in a fantastic setting to work and live and involving collaboration with a number of positive forward looking authorities in the heart of the UK and the HS2 network. For the right candidates these are career defining roles and we look forward to hearing from you. It’s time to get excited – come and join us!”
The HS2 East Midlands Growth Strategy sets out how HS2 can be a catalyst for growth – creating 74,000 additional local jobs and £4 billion in Gross Value Added (GVA) in the region. Key to this will be the successful delivery of the East Midlands Growth Zone, centred on the HS2 station at Toton.
The development of the hub station and neighbouring sites could result in the creation of:
- 170,000 sq m office / research and development floor space
- 11,000 sq m retail and other commercial floorspace
- 11,500 gross jobs and 9,100 net additional jobs
- £590 million in net additional Gross Value Added once the development is complete
- 5,300 gross new homes
- a grade separated junction into the site from the A52
- other benefits including a relocated school, new sewage works, sub-station and a redeveloped Park and Ride scheme.
We are now at the stage of appointing a team at the county council with the necessary capability to help drive the delivery of the development and infrastructure at Toton. The Nottinghamshire delivery team would work alongside key officers in the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, East Midlands Council’s and in partner local authorities. The team will need to engage in all aspects of the programme at Toton, and liaise with flood risk, area design, development management and project management as well as highways and planning, for example.