The government firm building HS2 to the Midlands and beyond has launched the procurement process for a contractor to design and build a £435m ‘iconic’ new station in Birmingham.
HS2 Ltd has published the contract notice for the new station at Curzon Street in the city centre and said it expects to select only the top four applicants to tender for the contract but may invite fewer or a maximum of five applicants.
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: ‘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.'
Last month the firm published images of the new station, which it said will be the first brand new intercity station built in Britain since the 19th century, creating a new landmark for the city and boosting opportunities for regeneration.
It said the station, which is due to opening with seven high speed platforms in 2026, ‘will not only be for high speed rail passengers, it will be a brand new public space in Birmingham city centre… fully integrated into an extended tram network, as well as offering pedestrian, cycle, taxi, bus and conventional rail connections to the rest of the city and the wider West Midlands’.
The notice describes the procurement as a negotiated procedure with prior call for competition. The deadline for requests to participate will be midday on 17 January 2019 with invitations to tender for shortlisted applicants due to be sent out in May.