Ryder Architecture’s Stoke on Trent HS2 station


Ryder Architecture worked with Stoke on Trent City Council to develop designs for a proposed iconic city centre high speed rail station which have been now been submitted to HS2 and the government.

HS2 for Stoke on Trent aims to deliver a massive stimulus to the local economy creating thousands of new jobs; 55 minute journey times from Stoke to central London; the London to Manchester link seven years early (by 2026); journey times to Manchester and Liverpool circa 25 minutes faster than original HS2 plan; billions in reduced cost to the tax payer compared with other options and reduced environmental impact on Staffordshire countryside.

Stoke on Trent International HS2 station has the potential to change the urban landscape of the city, enhancing current urban strategies, supercharging a new vision for the city. Council Leader, Mohammed Pervez, said “High speed rail should be all about the maximum boost to the UK economy, taking the brakes off growth.  We have developed a compelling case that is financially and technically feasible.  It will deliver new dynamism to the industrial heart of the country, re-balancing the national economy.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for UK Plc.”

Ryder’s vision is for the station to create a new landmark to be located in the Etruria Valley, maximising the potential for economic regeneration, transforming Etruria Valley to the north, connecting the University Quarter to business and enterprise, and creating a new urban area around the station to anchor the extension of the city centre and central business district of Hanley.

The proposal is for a multi modal transport hub with international and domestic HS2 platforms, direct connections to local and regional train services, facilities for secure airport baggage check in, integrated smart parking solutions and bus interchange.

A major new public space will lead to the arrival and departure concourse providing ease of wayfinding and passenger orientation.  Lifts and escalators lead to generous retail and catering opportunities on multiple levels and the international check in lounge and border control facilities beneath the dramatic station roofline. The expressive form and dramatic scale of its translucent roof are inspired by the new age of travel that HS2 represents. The roof will provide cover to the full length of the platform environment, the translucent material allowing excellent levels of natural daylight, minimising heat gain and incorporating natural ventilation to reduce energy use.


Excellent vehicular access is provided off the primary A500.  New loop roads will tie in with existing intersections to facilitate efficient, safe and convenient access and egress.  The integrated parking pods provide secure car storage with direct access from the parking areas to the public concourses and platform environment optimising transfer times between car and train.  The parking pods are important expressive elements that enjoy high visibility from the adjacent A500.  The pods will be veiled in a ceramic filigree that is a contemporary expression of the excellence of the traditional craft of the city.

Ryder Architecture will be joining Stoke on Trent City Council at MIPIM in March to discuss the proposals.

World Infrastructure News is at MIPIM! On Wednesday 12 March, we are chairing: Cities on the move: the next step in multimodal transport in the Red Room on Level 3.


Denis Fuentès, Director, Urban and Regional Mobility Unit, SAFEGE

Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, The Mayor of Warsaw, The City of Warsaw

Chwen-Jinq Chen, Political Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transportation and Communications