Mace Dragados has been awarded the £570 million contract to build HS2’s new Birmingham city centre station at Curzon Street.
The deal will see Mace Dragados work with HS2 in two stages – to finalise the detailed design and then build the landmark station.
Both Mace and Dragados have strong track records delivering some of the world’s most complex infrastructure projects, including the refurbishment of Birmingham New Street station, Battersea Power Station (phase 2) and work on delivering the Spanish high-speed rail network, including the major new Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants stations.
The two companies are also working together in a separate joint venture, delivering HS2’s London terminus at Euston.
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston commented: “Birmingham Curzon Street is right at the heart of the HS2 project, providing a fantastic terminus for trains running right into the heart of the city centre. The station will play a vital role in the long-term economic future of the West Midlands, creating hundreds of jobs during construction and boosting the region after the pandemic.
“Mace and Dragados have some incredible experience delivering some of the world’s most challenging and exciting infrastructure projects, and I look forward to welcoming them to the team.”
HS2 worked with WSP and Grimshaw Architects on the design for Curzon Street, which is inspired by the great arched roofs built by the Victorian railway pioneers. The design takes that inspiration into the 21st Century, ensuring accessibility and a focus on the open space and landscaping around it.
The new station will also be net-zero-carbon in operation and adopt the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies, including capturing rainwater and utilising sustainable power generation, with over 2,800 square metres of solar panels located on platform canopies.
Significant progress has already been made on site at Curzon Street. Site clearance is now complete and a massive archaeological programme, involving 70 archaeologists, has unearthed the world’s oldest railway roundhouse.