HS2 launches search for contractor to build Interchange Station in UK

WCN Editorial Team 8 Jun 2021 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

HS2, the developer of the UK's High Speed 2 project, has launched the search for construction contractor to build Interchange Station in West Midlands.

The contract, worth £370m, will see the construction of the Interchange Station, which will serve Solihull, Birmingham Airport and the NEC.

The construction site for the station, covering an area of 150 hectares, is within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452.

The Interchange Station will be connected to the NEC, Birmingham International Station and Birmingham Airport through an automated people mover (APM), which has capacity to carry nearly 2,100 passengers per hour in each direction.

It will have two 415-metre-long island platforms that will offer four platform faces and two central high speed through lines for non-stopping services.

HS2 plans to shortlist the bidders for the contract later this year and the contract will be awarded in 2022.

The preparatory work at the new station has almost been completed with major structures being placed on the station site.

HS2’s early works contractor LM, a joint venture of Laing O’Rourke and Murphy, is already working on the site.

Works so far featured modular bridges over the M42 and A446, and remodelling of the road network in the area to provide access to Interchange Station, and easing the access to and from Birmingham Business Park.

HS2 Stations director Matthew Botelle said: “The start of the search for our construction contractor is a significant step in the journey to build HS2’s Interchange Station in the Midlands.

“We’ve worked closely with our multi-disciplinary design team Arup to design the station to be net zero in operation, which is a key part of our strategy to reduce carbon and build the most sustainable railway in the world.

“The wider regeneration around Interchange Station is an even bigger prize, with thousands of jobs, new homes and commercial development set to transform the economic potential for people and businesses in the region.”

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View of HS2 Interchange Station from the lake. Credit: High Speed Two Ltd.

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