HS2 has officially started the search for contractors to build the new Curzon Street station.
Costing £435 million, the station will be at the heart of the first phase of HS2 and in order to achieve the vision set out, HS2 Ltd is looking for “the best the construction industry has to offer.”
The procurement process was set out in a published contract notice, which reveals HS2 Ltd is looking for organisations to undertake the design and build of Birmingham Curzon Street station, including programme design, construction and commissioning, and associated works and services.
A shortlist of bidders is expected by spring 2019, with contracts awarded the year after; HS2 Ltd envisages four companies will be shortlisted, with the maximum number expected to be five.
Preparatory work is already well underway on site so that the ground is ready for the start of construction.
When HS2 arrives in Birmingham in 2026 – when phase one is expected to finish – the city centre will be transformed, with up to 36,000 jobs created and the construction of thousands of new homes unlocked across Birmingham.
Curzon Street station will benefit from a striking arched roof that is inspired by the city’s transport and industrial heritage; work will also see the original Curzon Street Station building restored and reopened as a visitor and heritage centre – the last remaining surviving part of the 1838 station.
Mark Thurston, HS2 Ltd’s Chief Executive, 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.”