HS2 Ltd announced that a team made up of Mace and Dragados will construct the Birmingham Curzon Street station under a GBP 570 million (EUR 661.6 million) contract. In June 2020, HS2 has unveiled the three shortlisted teams to deliver the new station.
The consortium will work together with HS2 Ltd in two stages to finalise the detailed design and then build the landmark station.
“Birmingham Curzon Street station is right at the heart of the HS2 project, providing a fantastic terminus for trains running right into the heart of the city centre. The station will play a vital role in the long-term economic future of the West Midlands, creating hundreds of jobs during construction and boosting the region after the pandemic,” HS2 Ltd’s Chief Executive, Mark Thurston said.
The Curzon Street site clearance is now complete and a massive archaeological programme, involving 70 archaeologists, has unearthed the world’s oldest railway roundhouse.
HS2 worked with WSP and Grimshaw Architects LLP on the design for Curzon Street high speed 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.
The station 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. It 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.