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Exclusive | Pre-qualifiers for HS2 stations packages revealed

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New Civil Engineer can exclusively reveal the pre-qualifiers for HS2’s key station packages, with Arup and WSP being shortlisted for all four.

HS2 launched the process in April this year and announced the results to the shortlisted bidders on Friday night last week. The results will not be formally announced until next week.

Four stations are on offer, Euston Station in north London, Old Oak Common Station in west London, Birmingham Curzon Street Station and Birmingham Interchange.

Euston station has three shortlisted bidders while the remaining three have four.

Arup and WSP have both have scooped the most, pre-qualifying for all four stations. Jacobs has then qualified for all apart from Euston, Mott MacDonald has been shortlisted for Old Oak and Curzon with Arcadis filling the remaining slots on Interchange and Euston.

Despite both Arup and WSP being shortlisted for all four stations, the competition will only allow a bidder to win a maximum of two stations, only one of which can be a southern station.

The battle for Euston station will be hotly fought with, WSP swooping in to take over the final package of work for the concept design from rival Arup in November last year. Arup had previously held the contract from 2012. WSP will continue to act as engineers for the project until the next stage winners are announced.

Invitations to tender for all four stations will be announced next week with the contract awarded early next year.

Construction will then be taken forward in two lots with pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) for the southern stations going out in the summer, with the Birmingham stations following later. This approach reflects the complexity of the stations a source said. It has not been announced yet if the Birmingham stations will be carried out under a design and build contract (D&B).

The contract value for each of the stations varies according to their complexity. Euston, the most complex station is £98M, compared to £70M for Old Oak Common, £30M for Curzon and £23M for Interchange.

Winners at a glance

 ValuePre-qualifiers
Euston £98M Arup WSP Arcadis -
Old Oak Common £70M Arup WSP Mott MacDonald Jacobs
Birmingham Curzon Street £30M Arup WSP Mott MacDonald Jacobs
Birmingham Interchange £23M Arup WSP Arcadis Jacobs

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