The procurement process has been launched for the development of a new HS2 station in Birmingham.
HS2 is tendering for a contractor to design and build the Curzon Street station in central Birmingham, the first brand new intercity station built in Britain since the 19th century.
The £435m scheme will open in 2026 with seven high-speed platforms, which will be integrated with conventional rail connections and a tram network.
Bidders are expected to be shortlisted in the spring, with contracts starting in 2020.
At the peak of construction, more than 30,000 jobs are expected to be supported nationally by the project. Birmingham will also be home to the National College for High Speed Rail, providing industry education and training, the HS2 rolling stock depot and the national control centre.
Mark Thurston, HS2 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. 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.”
Dawn Karakatsanis, director of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Midlands), said: “The start of the procurement process for a new station at Birmingham Curzon Street is a fantastic opportunity for industry and a boon for the entire region.
“CECA believes HS2 will be fundamental to the rebalancing of the economy and will drive growth, create jobs, and be transformational in closing the capacity gap on the UK’s railways.”
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