New station inspired by steel
The firms through to the final bidding for HS2’s Birmingham city centre terminus are Bam Ferrovial – a joint venture of Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial Construction (UK); Laing O’Rourke Construction; and a Mace Dragados joint venture.
An earlier tendering exercise was scrapped last year after HS2 reported that not enough main contractors had appeared interested in taking the project on.
The station design by WSP and Grimshaw Architects is said to be inspired by the steel arched roofs of Victorian railway stations. The new station is to be net zero carbon in operation, helped by incorporating eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies. The station will have over 2,800m² of solar panels located on platform canopies.
HS2 Ltd 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.”
Archaeological work is underway with demolition, ground investigation and utility diversions set to start this summer. The contract for construction of the station is expected to be awarded next year.