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Design Panel

The role of the Design Panel

The HS2 Design Panel will review and critique outcomes at key stages in the design process. The Design Panel will not make design decisions, but it will offer impartial recommendations and advice.

Design Panel membership

The HS2 Design panel is an independent non-executive advisory body. It is chaired by Sadie Morgan.

Design Panel members are experts drawn from many industries and design disciplines. These include:

  • rail engineering safety and rail operations
  • civil and structural engineers,
  • community engagement
  • architecture, landscape architecture, town planning and urban design
  • design management, service design and inclusive design
  • product design, branding, digital design
  • sustainability, development economics and retail development

Download the Design Panel members’ biographies document from the HS2 section of GOV.UK.

Principles and remit

Find out about the 10 principles that guide the Design Panel. They are based on widely accepted industry best practice, including “Design Review Principles and Practice” by Design Council, CABE, Landscape Institute, Royal Town Planning Institute and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Download the Design Panel remit document from the HS2 section of GOV.UK.

Design Panel handbook

The Design Panel handbook is for members of the design panel. It provides advice and guidance on many important aspects of the design panel’s work. It provides a clear understanding of the HS2 Design Panel process an

d the specific role that members play within that process.

Download the Design Panel handbook from the HS2 section of GOV.UK.

Case studies

The Design Panel has written several case studies. These cover: railway operations, mobilisation, landscapes, bridge design, arts and mentoring.

Download the Design Panel case studies from the HS2 section of GOV.UK.

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Colne Valley viaduct concept

Members have also contributed to the Colne Valley viaduct concept report. This report helps inform development of its final design and form the basis for wider discussions with local communities. The concept was developed by independent specialists Knight Architects, working with Atkins, in consultation with the Colne Valley Regional Park Panel, as well as the Design Panel members.

Read the press release about the Colne Valley viaduct concepts from the HS2 section of GOV.UK.