HS2 Ltd has launch a tender for the construction of Interchange high-speed station worth up to GPB 370 million (EUR 429.6 million). The tender shortlist for the contract will be announced later this year and the contract awarded in 2022.
The project will support up to 1,000 jobs at the peak of construction, as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.
The construction site for the station covers an area of 150 hectares and is located within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452. Work so far has included construction of modular bridges over the M42 and A446 and remodelling of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station.
The Interchange station will be one of the best connected stations on the new high speed network in the Midlands. Up to five trains per hour will pass through the new station in both directions, providing an estimated total of 175,000 seats per day.
The station is the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification at the design stage, a measure of sustainability for new and refurbished buildings, putting it in the top 1% per cent of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials.
The Interchange high-speed station features include solutions to maximise the natural daylight and ventilation, a station roof design which can capture and reuse rainwater and features to enable net zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption. Energy efficient technology will also be incorporated, such as air source heat pumps and LED lighting.
“HS2’s Interchange station will be one of the best-connected places in the UK, bringing together rail, road and air transport links and today’s milestone takes us one step closer to delivering a new, modern, zero-carbon station,” HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said.
The new station is set to pave the way for huge growth plans around the site being led by the Urban Growth Company that will support 30,000 jobs, up to 3,000 new homes and 70,000m2 of commercial space. These will form part of the UK Central Hub area plans for 70,000 jobs, 5,000 new homes and 650,000m2 of commercial space, generating GBP 6.2 billion (EUR 7.2 billion) GVA per year and bringing 1.3 million people to within a 45-minute public transport commute of the station.
Under Britain’s high-speed rail project, recently, HS2 Ldt awarded a GBP 570 million (EUR 661.8 million) contract for the construction of Birmingham Curzon Street station, and the tunnelling works for the Phase One have been launched in May.