HS2 starts search for con­trac­tors to build HS2 Cur­zon Street sta­tion

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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.

FRASER PITHIE.

A Vir­gin Trains Class 390 Pen­dolino passes the pro­posed site for HS2’s Cur­zon Street ter­mi­nus in Birm­ing­ham, as it heads for Lon­don Eus­ton.

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