Publica joins the team led by Arup and Grimshaw Architects on the HS2 contract for London Euston Station

Arup, working with Grimshaw Architects, has been awarded a contract to help develop and refine the detailed plans for the London Euston station, due to be complete in 2026.  

The new station will be designed with input from local communities, using best practice principles from stations around the world, and guidelines and specifications endorsed by an independent panel of leading architects and designers.   

Grimshaw is leading the architecture and urban design for HS2’s Euston station in collaboration with a multidisciplinary design team including Publica; We Made That; Haptic Architects; Portland Design; LDA Design; and Future Pace.  

Working with HS2 Ltd, the team is tasked with delivering: 

- People-centred design, which offers high-quality customer experience including shopping, business facilities, and opportunities for art and leisure

- Architecture which enables accessibility for all, including step-free access from street-to-seat which is simple and easy to navigate

- ‘Timeless design’ for future-proofing and flexibility so stations accommodate changes in technology and in the population

- Respecting and contributing to the physical and cultural legacy of the location – responding to the local built and natural environment, using local materials and ensuring local people identify with their station and have pride in it  

An independent HS2 Design Panel has scrutinised HS2’s guidelines and specifications for the stations, and will continue to play a key role in reviewing the detailed designs as they develop through 2018.  

Chair of the HS2 Design Panel and founding director of dRMM architects, Professor Sadie Morgan said: “We welcome the appointment of these world class designers and look forward to working with them and HS2 to help deliver stations which set new standards in design, and passenger experience for all. This project should strive to provide a legacy of great architecture of which Britain can be truly proud.”  

Grimshaw Partner, Declan McCafferty, has said, “We are delighted to be working with Arup to steer the design of the most exciting station redevelopment in the UK. A unique aspect of our proposal is the collaboration with small and medium-sized design practices with a range of different disciplines, who will work with us to create a fantastic new station as part of an engaging and lively public realm, with a superb environment for both passengers and local communities.’

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 5 April 2018

Publica is selected for three of the Mayor of London's ADUP2 panels

Publica has been selected for three categories in the Mayor of London’s new Architecture, Design and Urbansim Panel (ADUP 2). Teams in each category were selected out of 225 shortlisted applicants. Publica has been selected for the Public Realm and Landscape, Urban Strategies, Spatial Policy and Research, and Cultural Strategy and Public Art categories.
The framework exists to provide local authorities and other public sector bodies with advice on how to deliver the best quality design across a range of areas including architecture, urban design and public realm. This framework replaces the previous ADUP, which was launched in 2014, and categories have been expanded to allow for expertise to be sought on a broader range of topics.

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 4 April 2018

Lucy Musgrave appointed to National Infrastructure Commission Design Panel

We are delighted to announce that our Director, Lucy Musgrave has been appointed to sit on a newly appointed design panel for National Infrastructure Commission.

The National Infrastructure Commission is aiming to put design at the heart of the country’s future infrastructure planning and will draw on the expertise of Tony Burton, who led the establishment of the HS2 Design Panel. 

Lucy, who already sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Technical Advisory Panel will sit alongside Hanif Kara of AKTII and Isabel Dedring of Arup on a panel chaired by Sadie Morgan of dRMM.

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 28 February 2018

Place Spaces Work - Exhibition

Publica's newest exhibition on the creative industries is open to the public from 23 February - 2 March 2018, following a special preview and panel discussion on 22 February 2018.

The Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London exhibition explores the relationship between London's creative sector and the city's geography, history, built environment and civic life, shown through a range of mapping techniques and scales. It presents examples of the inventive reuse of buildings by the creative industries, illustrating the diverse social and economic activity they bring to London's existing building stock. 

The maps and drawings presented here are extracted from the Place, Spaces, Work: The Creative Industries in London publication, published by Store X Publica. This exhibition was first shown at the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism Cities Exhibition

10-11 Clerkenwell Green
London EC1R 0DP

Opening hours:
Friday, 23 Feb 2018, 10am - 5pm
Saturday, 24 Feb 2018, 11am - 3pm
Monday, 26 Feb 2018 - Friday, 2 Mar 2018, 10am - 5pm



Posted in: Events, Recent News
Date: 19 February 2018

Winchester Station Approach Public Realm Strategy

Publica is delighted to have been named lead consultant developing a strategy for public realm improvements for the Winchester Station Approach area. We are working with a team led by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (LDS) who were appointed by Winchester City Council (WCC) to provide architectural design and related services for the Station Approach development. 

The project consists of a masterplan framework that considers mixed-use development across the Carfax and Cattlemarket sites alongside improvements to the public realm. ​

Posted in: Recent News, Projects
Date: 11 January 2018

Public realm improvements for Bond Street underway

Publica were commissioned by New West End Company and Westminster City Council in 2015 to carry out a public realm study and have since been developing the concept design and working closely with engineers WSP throughout the detailed design process. 

Click here to see a time-lapsed video of the construction that’s underway.

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 11 January 2018

Lucy Musgrave appointed to the board of Public Practice

Lucy Musgrave is delighted to sit on the board of the new social enterprise, Public Practice.

“Public Practice is placing a new generation of planners within local government to shape places for the public good. It will build the public sector’s capacity to deliver homes and growth, make better places, and share skills and knowledge across authorities.”

Public Practice is led by Finn Williams, CEO, with a board that is chaired by Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning, Regeneration & Skills. Other board members include Danna Walker, Director of Built by Us, Sara Cary, Head of Sustainable Places at British Land and Vincent Lacovara, Placemaking Team Leader at Croyden Council. The board is observed by Debbie Jackson, Assistant Director, GLA Regeneration and Pooja Agrawal, Senior Project Officer, GLA Regeneration. 

Public Practice is supported by the Mayor of London, Local Government Association, Future Cities Catapult, British Land, Berkeley Group and Peabody.

To learn more visit:

Posted in: Recent News
Date: 31 October 2017

Lucy Musgrave Night time Commission role

Lucy Musgrave has been appointed to sit on the Mayor of London’s Night Time Commission.

The Night Time Commission has been appointed to assist in the realisation of the Mayor’s Vision for London as a 24-Hour City which sets out the Mayor’s plan to turn London into a leading 24-hour global city. The 24-hour vision strives to create a night-time culture which: promotes culture and leisure for all ages and interests, increases opening hours, ensures safety for residents, visitors and night-time workers and works closely with boroughs and the police to create a balanced and sustainable night time offer.

In order to achieve these aims, the Night Time Commission will investigate by consulting with London residents, evening and night workers, councils, businesses, community groups, public sector organisations and visitors to the capital.

The Commission are due to report back their findings in late 2018.

Lucy’s Musgrave said: “Let’s study our neighbourhoods and understand how they work at night. Let’s improve the way we light London at night, ‘Cities are like cats: they reveal themselves at night’, Rupert Brooke.”

Posted in: Recent News, Events, Studio
Date: 31 October 2017

Launch of 'A Future for the Oxford Street District’

Publica, working with Volterra and Gerald Eve, has completed a two year study and report on Oxford Street and the surrounding area, exploring how it can be transformed from a single shopping street into a varied, entertaining and well-connected district of distinct neighbourhoods. The newly launched report, A Future for the Oxford Street District, and accompanying website, illustrates a bold aspiration for this area to become a vibrant centre for civic life and commerce with the world’s best retail and culture destination at its heart. 

Commissioned by New West End Company (NWEC), the report will be officially launched on 15 June 2017 at the 2017 London Real Estate Forum by Westminster City Council Leader, Councillor Nickie Aiken, Sue West, Director of Operations at Selfridges & Co., Transport Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, and Jace Tyrell NWEC CEO. 

A Future for the Oxford Street District has been developed in response to the ambitious vision adopted by the West End Partnership for the wider West End and it also forms the basis for New West End Company’s response to the recent Westminster City Council and Transport for London consultation on the transformation of Oxford Street. The report is intended both to inspire and to demonstrate how the Oxford Street district can make a greater contribution to the success of the West End, and in doing so secure its future as a world-class shopping, cultural and commercial centre. Actions for delivering this future will include environmental and public realm upgrades to reduce traffic, improving air quality, and enhancing wayfinding and connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. A dynamic mix of uses across the district will also be sensitively established, together with a vibrant district-wide programme of cultural uses, activities and events that will reinvigorate the area and safeguard its future.    


Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 15 June 2017

Bond Street breaking ground

Publica is delighted that the Bond Street public realm improvement works are breaking ground today, in a special event where funders and partners will be joined by the Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe CBE. 

Publica were commissioned by New West End Company and Westminster City Council in 2015 to carry out a public realm study and have since been developing the concept design and working closely with engineers WSP throughout the detailed design process. We are delighted that the project, which presents a unique opportunity to deliver a timeless and elegant streetscape and quality civic setting to promenade, shop and do business will be realised. 

Posted in: Projects, Recent News
Date: 26 April 2017

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