HS2 launches competition for station design and development contracts

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HS2 has published details of contract opportunities for architects and developers interested in delivering the four new stations for the London to Birmingham high-speed railway.

HS2 is looking for companies to help refine its plans for three new stations – Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and Old Oak Common in west London – and the expansion of London Euston.

The works will be split into four packages covering the four station sites for Phase One. Bidders will be shortlisted this summer and contracts will be signed early next year, HS2 has said. The total value of the contracts is estimated between £160-220 million and companies can bid for a maximum of two packages.

Separately, HS2 is searching for a Master Development Partner to explore the wider development opportunities around Euston.

HS2 commercial director Beth West said: “We’re looking for the brightest and the best from across the industry to help us deliver one of the most tangible legacies of the HS2 project – three brand stations and a major expansion of London Euston.

“All four present unique challenges and opportunities for the winning bidders. Together we will deliver world-class designs that help unlock wider local regeneration opportunities and provide unparalleled levels of accessibility, ease and convenience for the travelling public.”

David Biggs, managing director, Network Rail Property said: “Network Rail welcomes the opportunity to create a new London destination at Euston mirroring its neighbour King’s Cross and St Pancras where our investment in the station acted as a catalyst, bringing inward investment and regenerating the whole area into a thriving new London quarter.

“The HS2 terminal at Euston will have a similar effect, it will become the initial focus for the wider regeneration of the station and surrounding area with an opportunity to create a new vibrant commercial and residential district in the heart of London with fantastic connectivity to the rest of the UK and Europe.”

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