HS2 reveals shortlist for £570m Birmingham Curzon Street station

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Birmingham Curzon Street station

BAM Ferrovial, Laing O’Rourke and Mace Dragados have been shortlisted for HS2’s £570m Birmingham Curzon Street station contract

HS2 Ltd revealed the names of the construction firms in the running to build Birmingham Curzon Street station.

BAM Ferrovial (a joint venture between BAM Nuttall and Ferrovial Construction), Laing O’Rourke and Mace Dragados (joint between Mace and Dragados S.A.) have all been invited to tender for the contract.

The contracts will secure hundreds of jobs as the industry moves out of coronavirus lockdown.

The Birmingham Curzon Street station itself – which recently became the first HS2 station to gain planning approval – will be net-zero carbon in operation and will adopt the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies.

The station is also designed to meet a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard.

Low-carbon architectural landmark

HS2 Ltd’s procurement and commercial director, David Poole said: “Birmingham Curzon Street is absolutely at the heart of the HS2 project and will help transform the city and the economy of the wider region.

“We are looking for a partner to take on the highly complex construction phase, working with us to deliver this logistical and engineering challenge.

“It’s great to see how much interest there is in the competition and we look forward to working with the successful bidder to deliver, what will be a new low-carbon architectural landmark for Birmingham and the UK.”

Birmingham Curzon Street design

HS2 worked with WSP and Grimshaw Architects LLP on the design for Curzon Street, which is inspired by the great arched roofs built by the Victorian railway pioneers.

Alongside up to nine high speed trains an hour, passengers will also be able to access the Midland Metro, which runs alongside and underneath the station. Cycle parking has also been incorporated, providing space for more than 550 bicycles.

Significant progress has already been made on site. A massive archaeological programme, involving 70 archaeologists, has unearthed the world’s oldest railway roundhouse.

Demolitions and ground investigations are preparing the site for construction, and utility diversions are set to begin in the summer.

The Two Stage Design and Build contract will see the winning bidder work closely with HS2 to develop the detailed design and construction of Curzon Street Station.

Contracts are expected to be awarded next year.

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