HS2 has recruited the man who led the £800m restoration of St Pancras as its new director for stations.
Mike Luddy, who was project director for London and Continetal Railways during the rebuild of St Pancras station, has now joined HS2 to maximise commercial development opportunities around its station projects.
Mr Luddy joined this week from London Royal Docks, where he had been serving as managing director.
He will lead HS2’s team responsible for co-ordinating the commercial development opportunities at all four HS2 phase one stations.
Prior to his role at London Royal Docks, Mr Luddy spent four years as chief commercial officer at Gatwick Airport and in a senior role at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog).
HS2 plans to construct four stations as part of the phase one build: Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange, Old Oak Common and Euston.
A preferred contractor for both London stations is expected to be picked by the end of the year, with bidding for the Birmingham stations at the start of next year.
CN looks at the major pressure points the line has faced on the road to main construction.
Lendlease was appointed as HS2’s master development partner for the Euston development in February this year.
Last month Lendlease estimated the redevelopment of the land around the station could be worth more than £6bn.
HS2 commercial director Tom Venner said: “Mike’s delivery of the hugely successful rebuilding of St Pancras International, and his recent work on the Royal Docks regeneration, make him the perfect choice for the challenging new role of stations director and I look forward to welcoming him to the team.”