Revised images of the two High Speed 2 Birmingham stations have been released ahead of the start of tendering for construction of the stations.
The updated designs for Curzon Street station and the HS2 Interchange in Solihull comes one month before the prequalification questionnaire for construction of the two stations is scheduled to go out.
Curzon Street is located in central Birmingham and will have seven, 400m long platforms. It will also integrate with an extended tram network, as well as offering pedestrian, cycle, taxi, bus and conventional rail connections to the rest of the city and the wider West Midlands.
The Interchange station is to the east of the city centre and will form the centrepiece of the new surrounding hub which includes a redeveloped Birmingham International Railway Station, connection to Birmingham Airport and numerous businesses.
Project promoter HS2 Ltd is currently considering a number of extra elements to the scheme put forward by the Urban Growth Company (UGC) which aims to maximise the opportunities the new station presents as a key catalyst for growth.
Both stations are due to open in 2026, with WSP working with Grimshaw Architects to design Curzon Street and Arup designing the Interchange station.
HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said both stations would be “transformational” for the Midlands and that preparatory work was well under way, with a variety of enabling works including the construction of access roads and archaeological investigations now taking place.
WSP design manager Carol Stitchman said of Curzon Street: “As well as being a catalyst for regeneration, the new HS2 Curzon Street station will become a landmark destination, welcoming people to the heart of Birmingham. Our design recognises the station’s function as a place of arrival and connection. It is the only HS2 station that welcomes you with a view of the city, where you can see the city from the train, and the train from the city.
“WSP has welcomed 16 new apprentices to the Curzon Street station project, as part of our 140-strong project team. We are committed to boosting the skills of Britain’s next generation while delivering this transformative project.”
Arup’s lead architect for the Interchange station Kim Quazi added: “The Interchange station sits within a unique setting, on the edge of the urban landscape in a currently rural location. The station building has been designed to reflect its surroundings and in context with the natural landscape and topography.
“The station roof has been designed to fit in with the surrounding landscape, and to optimise natural daylight using an integrated, efficient structural form and rainwater management system.
“We have also focused on a number of objectives including creating a positive experience for future users and rail passengers by including open space, parkland and views to green spaces, and constructing a green building with low energy consumption and low maintenance.”
Last month, New Civil Engineer revealed that HS2 Ltd is in advanced talks with a Costain/Skanska joint venture and the JV between Spain’s Dragados and Mace for the £1.65bn Euston station job.
Work is scheduled to start on Birmingham stations in the third quarter of 2020/21.
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