The search for an HS2 construction team to bring Birmingham’s new Curzon Street station from drawings to reality has begun. On 19 November the government announced that HS2 is expected to transform central Birmingham and will “unlock up to 36,000 jobs and 4,000 new homes.” The government has announced that tenderers for the construction of Curzon Street will be shortlisted by spring 2019.
Construction contracts were awarded in 2017 under which 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 will be constructed.
Dawn Karakatsanis, Director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Midlands), said:
“the initiation of procurement for a new station at Birmingham Curzon Street should be seen as a major milestone towards the delivery of this once-in-a-generation project”
Although contractors have begun early works and are already on the Birmingham HS2 site, many opportunities around HS2 are still in the pipeline. For instance, separate construction contracts for Birmingham Interchange will follow next year.
HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston has said that the project wants to work with:
“the best the construction industry has to offer. Companies that share our commitment to safety, good design, environmental protection and value for money”
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