HS2 has listed the businesses invited to tender for a new contract, worth up to £370 million, for a new ecologically focused interchange.
The winner will develop the detailed design before construction takes place in Solihull over the next few years.
HS2 estimates the contract will support 1,000 jobs and believes it will boost business in the Midlands. Wider regeneration work around the station is thought to support 30,000 jobs, 3,000 new homes and 70,000 square metres of commercial space.
The businesses invited to tender are:
- Laing O’Rourke Construction
- Skanska Construction UK
- Unity – a Joint Venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick, supported by engineering design consultant WSP
The site covers 150 hectares, and is located between the M42, A45 and A452. Up until now, work has been carried out to construct modular bridges over the M42 and A446 and remodel the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station.
HS2 worked on the station design with Arup, with the focus on it being Net Zero in operation. It is the first station to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification at the design stage. This is a measure of sustainability and HS2 says this puts it in the top one per cent of UK eco-friendly buildings.
Eco-friendly features include maximising natural daylight and ventilation, a station roof which can capture and reuse rainwater, and features to enable net zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption. Energy efficient technology will be incorporated, such as air source heat pumps and LED lighting.
Up to five trains per hour will pass through the interchange in both directions, with 175,000 seats available per day.
HS2’s procurement and supply chain director Andrew Cubitt said: “Congratulations to the organisations who have been shortlisted for this significant HS2 contract, which will not only boost jobs in the Midlands, but will open up fantastic supply chain opportunities for businesses right across the country.
“The benefits go even further, with the wider opportunities for commercial development around Interchange station set to drive local investment and regeneration.”
HS2’s stations director Matthew Botelle commented: “This is a major milestone in the delivery of our HS2 stations.
“We’re looking forward to working with the winning bidder on our award-winning designs, to build a world class, eco-friendly station that will play a major role in helping us deliver Britain’s new low-carbon railway.”