HS2 starts search for contractors to build HS2 Curzon Street station
HS2 Ltd launched its search for construction teams to build Curzon Street station in Birmingham on November 19.
The new line is due to start serving the city in 2026. Work has already begun on preparing the site, while designs for the station have been unveiled, with work carried out by consultant WSP working with Grimshaw Architects and Glenn Howells.
Bidders are expected to be shortlisted in the spring, with contracts awarded in 2020. Separate construction contracts for Birmingham Interchange station, near the city’s airport and NEC, will follow next year.
It’s planned that the Curzon Street station will offer connections to the West Midlands Metro as well as neighboroughing Moor Street.
Work to restore the original Curzon Street station is also under way. This is the only part of the original 1838 station still standing, and it will be used as a visitor and heritage centre.
HS2 Chief Executive Mark Thurston said: “Together we will deliver an iconic new gateway to Birmingham - a building the city, the wider region and the travelling public can be proud to call their own.”
HS2 Minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Birmingham is central to HS2, and the transformation that is already taking place shows exactly how our new high-speed railway will drive forward regeneration and economic growth across the country.
Dawn Karakatsanis, director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Midlands), called the start of the procurement process for the new station a fantastic opportunity for industry and a boon for the entire region.
A Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino passes the proposed site for HS2’s Curzon Street terminus in Birmingham, as it heads for London Euston.