Laing O’Rourke signs £370m contract to construct HS2 interchange station

WCN Editorial Team 7 Sep 2022 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Laing O’Rourke has signed a £370m contract to build the HS2 interchange station in Solihull, UK.

This comes two months after Laing O’Rourke was announced as main contractor, reported The Construction Index.

Following an initial 12-month planning stage, Laing O’Rourke will commence the detailed design work in 2023, with Aecom serving as its design partner.

Currently, HS2 main works contractor Balfour Beatty Vinci is preparing the site to make it ready for construction to begin in 2024.

The Solihull interchange station is slated for completion in 2027 before the railway opening between 2029 and 2033.

The site for the station covers an area of 150ha within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452.

Significant progress has been made on the site, including building of modular bridges over the M42 and A446 as part of a remodelled road network in the area to facilitate access to the new interchangestation.

The station is expected to serve as the catalyst for economic regeneration in the region, supporting 30,000 jobs, up to 3,000 new homes and 70,000m2 of commercial space.

Laing O’Rourke director of UK infrastructure Declan McGeeney said: “We’re proud to have been appointed to such a significant project for HS2 and for the Midlands region. Our teams have delivered major rail projects across the UK and we’ll be drawing on our experience of using modern methods of construction (MMC) to ensure project certainty.

“The ambition to make this one of the most sustainable stations in the world allows us to push the boundaries of MMC even further and it’s going to be an exciting project for all involved, including local and regional suppliers and especially for early talent who will join our team and use this experience as a springboard into construction and engineering.”

Aecom managing director Richard Whitehead said: “A focus for our team will be to reduce embodied and operational carbon through our designs, ensuring a deliverable scheme that achieves its preliminary BREEAM ‘outstanding’ certification.”

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Image: The site for the station covers an area of 150ha. Credit: © High Speed Two Ltd 2022.

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