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HS2 launches Birmingham Curzon Street contractor search

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High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) has launched its search for contractors to build its £435M Birmingham Curzon Street Station.

The Curzon Street work will be carried out under a design and build contract. This differs from the two southern stations, which due to their complexities, are being currently carried out under a construction partner contract with early contractor involvement.

The winning Curzon Street contractor will take over the design done by WSP and architects Grimshaw Architects and Glenn Howell. The design teams could be novated to the contractor, to provide continuity.

Bidders are expected to be shortlisted in the spring, with contracts awarded in 2020.

HS2 Ltd said the vision for the new station included a huge arched roof inspired by the city’s transport and industrial heritage. The latest images of the proposed designs, were released last month.

Work is also underway to restore and reopen the original Curzon Street Station building, the only surviving part of the original 1838 station, as a visitor and heritage centre.

HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said: “HS2 is already unlocking new opportunities to create skilled jobs across the West Midlands and, over the next decade, the winner of the Curzon Street contract will go on to build one of the most exciting and high profile elements of the project.

“We’re looking for the best the construction industry has to offer. Companies that share our commitment to safety, good design, environmental protection and value for money. 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.”

Separate contractors, appointed last year, will build the tunnels and viaducts that will carry the new 360km/h trains into the centre of Birmingham and to the Interchange station near Solihull, the NEC and Birmingham Airport.

The prequalification questionnaire for the Birmingham Interchange Station is to be published next spring, with the winning contractors or Euston and Old Oak Common due to be announced by the end of the year.

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