HS2 reveals station design shortlists

HS2 today (Mon 17 July) revealed the designers and engineers in the running for the prestigious station design contracts for London and Birmingham.

The winning designers will work with HS2 Ltd to develop and refine the detailed plans for three brand new stations, at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common.

The shortlists for the station design contracts include, Arup, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Arcadis and a Jacobs/BuroHappold/Idom Joint Venture. All the bidders have been invited to tender for at least two station packages.

The stations will welcome tens of thousands of passengers every day from all over the UK, providing easy and accessible onward connections to local transport, airports and connecting rail services as well as step-free access from street to seat. In total more than 170,000 new jobs are expected to be created in the wider development areas surrounding the four stations.

HS2 Ltd Chief Executive, Mark Thurston said:

“Today’s announcements are a major milestone for the project – setting the scene for the next stage of the station design process. Together with the successful bidders, we will go on to deliver one of HS2’s most tangible legacies – three brand new stations and the long-term transformation of Euston.

“All four projects represent exciting opportunities to showcase the very best in engineering and design while also delivering value for money.

“We are looking for partners to help us deliver stations which not only provide unparalleled levels of accessibility, ease and convenience for our passengers, but who will work with local communities to ensure we also help unlock wider regeneration, new jobs, homes and opportunities.”

Birmingham Curzon Street

HS2 will deliver a brand new station in the heart of Birmingham. Curzon Street will be built on the site of a former parcel depot next to the existing Moor Street Station and the Bullring shopping centre. It was also the site of the original Birmingham station, opened in 1837 and closed in 1966.

Curzon Street is at the centre of Birmingham City Council’s Curzon Street Masterplan which includes 14,000 new jobs and 600,000s/m of new development space across Eastside and Digbeth. An extension to the Midland Metro will also provide a connection to Birmingham’s new tram network.

A public plaza at the western (city centre) end of the station will welcome passengers to what will be the largest building in Birmingham. Seven 400m long platforms providing services to core HS2 destinations as well as beyond, to the North West, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and the North East.

The following bidders have been shortlisted:

  • Mott MacDonald Limited
  • Ove Arup & Partners International Limited
  • TEAM CURZON: Jacobs, BuroHappold Engineering and Idom,
  • WSP UK Limited

Birmingham Interchange

A new station with four platforms close to the National Exhibition Centre, to the east of the M42 near Solihull. A people-mover system will provide a direct link to Birmingham International station, the National Exhibition Centre and Birmingham Airport.

Plans for new development around the station site led by the local authorities as part of the UK Central plan are expected to create more than 77,000 new jobs and 4,000 new homes.

The following bidders have been shortlisted:

  • Arcadis LLP
  • Ove Arup & Partners International Limited
  • TEAM INTERCHANGE: Jacobs, BuroHappold Engineering and Idom
  • WSP UK Limited

Contracts for the stations design will be awarded early next year.

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