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HS2 masterplanner reveals management overhaul

The firm behind the masterplanning of one of HS2’s hub stations has revealed a management shake-up which includes the departure of one of its founders.

Architect Weston Williamson + Partners (WW+P) confirmed it has appointed six new partners as well as announcing that founding partner Steve Humphreys will retire at the end of March 2019.

In April 2017 the practice was picked to design the East Midlands Hub for the Birmingham-to-Leeds section of HS2, connecting the £55.7bn line to Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.

This week’s announcement saw the firm appoint Simon Catton, Thomas Griffin, Alex Kirkwood, Daniel Moor, Chie Shimizu and Beatrix Young to work across the transport, infrastructure, masterplanning, residential and commercial teams in London and Sydney.

WW+P said it would appoint a new management board, with existing partner Philip Breese (pictured) taking on the role of managing partner responsible for the day-to-day running of the practice in the UK.

Mr Breese said the new management team would be tasked with continuing to grow its overseas business.

He said: “We are taking the expertise and experience we have gained from Crossrail and implementing it from Canada to Australia, as well as on the next major rail projects in the UK.”

WW+P is currently working on several high-profile UK rail projects, including Elizabeth line stations at Paddington and Woolwich.

In May last year the firm was among the winners on the £26bn Old Oak masterplan.

Earlier this month HS2 revealed the latest designs for its Birmingham Curzon Street and Interchange stations.

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