HS2, the developer of the UK’s High Speed 2 project, has shortlisted three bidders for the construction of the £570m Birmingham Curzon Street station project.

The selected firms include BAM Ferrovial, which is a joint venture of BAM Nuttall and Ferrovial Construction (UK); Laing O’Rourke Construction; and Mace Dragados, a joint venture of Mace and Dragados.

HS2 procurement and commercial director David Poole said: “Birmingham Curzon Street is absolutely at the heart of the HS2 project and will help transform the city and the economy of the wider region.

“We are looking for a partner to take on the highly complex construction phase, working with us to deliver this logistical and engineering challenge.

“It’s great to see how much interest there is in the competition and we look forward to working with the successful bidder to deliver, what will be a new low-carbon architectural landmark for Birmingham and the UK.”

Designed by WSP and Grimshaw Architects, the station features the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies, including capturing rainwater and utilising sustainable power generation.
It will be equipped with over 2,800m² of solar panels on platform canopies.

HS2 said that demolitions and ground investigations currently underway to prepare the site for construction.

In a press statement, HS2 said: “The Two Stage Design and Build contract will see the winning bidder work closely with HS2 Ltd to develop the detailed design and construction of Curzon Street Station. Contracts are expected to be awarded next year.”

Planned to be built to achieve a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard and zero-carbon emissions, the new station will feature existing historic Old Curzon Street building and link it to the new station’s eastern concourse at New Canal Street.

Additionally, the station design will improve access to different modes of transport, with the Midland Metro running alongside and underneath the station, pedestrian routes to local bus services, Sprint rapid transit bus services and space for more than 250 bicycles.

Illustration of the Birmingham Curzon Street station in the UK. (Credit: Crown copyright/gov.uk)