HS2 station to be ‘first railway station in the world’ to win top sustainability rating

A railway station to be built by HS2, will become the world's first to be awarded the highest ranking by a sustainability rating scheme.

The Interchange station to be built in the West Midlands was certified 'outstanding' by Building Research Establishment's Environmental Asssessment Method (BREEAM). They set the standard for best practice in sustainable design and have become the de facto measure used for sustainability performance of buildings.

The HS2 station will achieve the certificate which is currently an interim certification, based upon the following design features;

  • Maximisation of natural daylight and ventiliation
  • A roof designed to capture and re-use rainwater
  • Air source heat pumps
  • LED lighting
  • 2000 square metres of solar panels generating zero-carbon electricity
  • 222 electric vehicle charging points in the car park and cycle storage for 176 bicycles


Peter Miller, HS2’s Environment and Town Planning Director said: 

“Our stations will be amongst the most environmentally friendly stations in the world, so this certification is fantastic news for Interchange station.

“In building the station, we are also committed to sourcing and making efficient use of sustainable materials, reducing waste and maximising the proportion of material diverted from landfill.

“All leading environmental organisations agree that climate change is the biggest future threat to wildlife and habitats in the UK. By providing a cleaner, greener way to travel, HS2 will help cut the number of cars and lorries on our roads, cut demand for domestic flights and help the country’s drive to net zero carbon emissions.”

HS2 has also set to target for stations to achieve zero carbon  in operation for regulated emissions and achieving a 50% reduction in whole life carbon emissions versus a baseline for a typical station.