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Arup and WSP land £70M HS2 station design deals

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Arup and WSP have landed the lucrative station design contracts for the first phase High Speed 2 (HS2).

London’s Euston station and Birmingham Interchange will be designed by Arup. WSP has landed the contract for Old Oak Common and Birmingham Curzon Street. New Civil Engineer understands the contracts are worth £60M to £70M in total.

It means shortlisted bidders Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Arcadis miss out.

HS2 Ltd has also announced the shortlist of contractors to build the the London stations.

Arup and WSP had put in bids for all four stations. Arcadis bid for Euston and Birmingham Interchange stations, Mott MacDonald was shortlisted for Old Oak Common and Birmingham Curzon Street stations and a Jacobs/BuroHappold/Idom joint venture was shortlisted for all but Euston station.

The winning designers are backed by a number of high profile architects. For Euston, Arup is supported by Grimshaw Architects. The Old Oak Common station winning team WSP is supported by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. On Birmingham Curzon Street, WSP is backed by Grimshaw Architects and Birmingham Interchange team Arup is being backed by Arup Associates and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

Due to the complexity and short timescales HS2 launched its search for contractors to build the two southern stations in August last year. The contracts are expected to be awarded this spring with work due to start on site in September this year. Euston station is valued at £1.65bn with work programmed to run until the end of September 2033 while Old Oak Common station is due to cost £1.3bn to build and work is expected to finish in September 2027.

HS2 minister Nusrat Ghani said: “Appointing these leading creative firms ensures that passengers on our world-class railway will experience modern and accessible stations. I am confident that these firms will deliver these projects at value for money, with designs that are both innovative and in keeping with their surroundings.”

Designers are expected to be novated to the contractors once appointed.

HS2 said the winning teams had a track record of delivering “cutting edge” design and had worked on some of the largest and most complex international infrastructure projects, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, The Eden Project in Cornwall, Biljmer Arena station in the Netherlands, and the new concourse at London’s King’s Cross station.

HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Our new stations in London and Birmingham will be at the heart of the first phase of the project, increasing capacity, improving journeys and helping to unlock opportunities for tens of thousands of new jobs and homes around what will be four new landmark buildings.

“That’s why I’m delighted to welcome these talented designers to the team, and we look forward to working with them to create station designs which showcase world-class architecture, ease of use and value for money that our passengers and communities expect and deserve.”

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