HS2 Ltd has awarded a joint venture (JV) of Mace and Dragados a £570m contract to design and build the new Curzon Street high speed railway station in Birmingham city centre.
The deal follows the award to the two firms in 2019 of a £1.3bn contract to build the HS2 terminus at Euston and will see Mace Dragados work with HS2 Ltd in two stages to finalise the detailed design and then build the landmark station.
HS2 Ltd said Mace and Dragados have a strong track record delivering some of the world’s most complex and exciting infrastructure projects, including the refurbishment of Birmingham New Street, Battersea Power Station (phase 2) and work on delivering the Spanish high speed rail network, including the major new Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants stations.
Chief executive Mark Thurston said: ‘Birmingham Curzon Street is right at the heart of the HS2 project, providing a fantastic terminus for trains running right into the heart of the city centre.'
HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson said: ‘This is a huge moment for Birmingham and for HS2. The brand new, world class HS2 station at Birmingham Curzon Street will place the city at the beating heart of the new HS2 network.’
HS2 said the station itself will be net zero carbon in operation and adopt the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies, including capturing rainwater and utilising sustainable power generation, with over 2,800m2 of solar panels located on platform canopies.
It is designed to meet a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard, which is an industry recognised standard for buildings that reduce energy usage and materials waste and minimise their impact on the natural environment.
HS2 said it has worked with WSP and Grimshaw Architects on the design for the station, which is inspired by the great arched roofs built by the Victorian railway pioneers. ‘The design takes that inspiration into the 21st Century, ensuring accessibility and a focus on the open space and landscaping around it.’
Passengers will also be to access up to nine high speed trains an hour travelling north and south, and the Midland Metro - which runs alongside and underneath the station.
Accessible pedestrian routes will connect to local bus services, Sprint rapid transit bus services and local rail services from the neighbouring Moor Street station. Cycle parking has also been incorporated, providing space for more than 550 bicycles.
HS2 said significant progress has already been made on site at Curzon Street, with site clearance now complete. An archaeological programme involving 70 archaeologists has unearthed the world’s oldest railway roundhouse.