Bid race starts for £435m HS2 Birmingham station

Aaron Morby 2 days ago
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HS2 has given the signal for bid prequalification to start for Birmingham Curzon Street station.

Curzon Street station will be a raised structure to allow trams and people to pass below the main approach railway lines

Around four contractors will be shortlisted to bid for the design and build deal, expected to cost £435m.

Consultant WSP UK working with Grimshaw Architects has worked up designs, which will see seven high speed platforms open in 2026 under a sleek low-arched main building.

Trains will run beneath the main concourse to allow passengers to see both levels and make it easier to find their way around the station

The main station will be a steel and internal timber composite roof structure with trains leaving from a second level below the raised the main station concourse.

Approach railway lines will enter the station on raised viaducts supported by V-shaped piers, allowing people and trams to pass below.

The design features several new public spaces around the new station

Curzon Street station will be the first brand new intercity station built in Britain since the 19th century.

Firms have until 17 January to complete prequalification documents with firms shortlisted to bid in May. The successful bidder is scheduled to be revealed in the second quarter of 2020.

More details are available from the HS2 procurement site.

Prequalification documents for the Birmingham Interchange station tender will be released in the Spring.

Meanwhile, HS2 is expected to name the winning bidders to become construction partners on its London station contracts at Euston and Old Oak Common stations before the end of the year.

After firms dropped out of the Euston Station race just three bidders are left.

Costain and Skanska are understood to be in with a good chance of taking the job, having already secured the HS2 Euston tunnels and approaches track civil engineering contract.

Four remain in the race for the station at Old Oak Common in North West London.

London Euston – cost £1.65bn

  • Costain/Skanska Construction UK
  • Mace/Dragados
  • BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman (UK)

Old Oak Common – cost £1.3bn

  • Balfour Beatty/Vinci Construction UK/Vinci Construction Grands Projets SAS/Systra
  • Mace/Dragados
  • Bechtel
  • BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman (UK)

 

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