Government announces HS2 design tenders

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Contractors are contending to design new stations in London and Birmingham where the “very best in swinging and design” are promised.

Proposal for HS2 overhead card structures, by Moxon Architects with Mott MacDonald

A slew of serious contracts collectively worth around £6.6bn, have been published by the Government for the completion of its HS2 high speed rail network.

While these are large engineering contracts, a shortlist for the master-planning and redesign of London Euston and Birmingham railway stations have also been revealed.

Brand new stations are planned for Birmingham Curzon Circle, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common, while London Euston disposition be expanded.

The shortlisted parties for the station designs include Arup, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Arcadis and a consortium comprising Jacobs, BuroHappold and Idom. All of the firms take been invited to tender for at least two station packages.

“Convenience for riders”

HS2 CEO Mark Thurston has promised that the projects will showcase “the vastly best in engineering and design” and says the partners will deliver “peerless levels of accessibility, ease and convenience for passengers”.

There is a separate itemize of companies bidding to win the Euston Master Development Partner contract. They are Westfield Europe, Euston Regeneration Partnership, Canary Wharf Gather, Land Securities Property Holding and Lendlease Europe Holdings.

The conqueror will advise on, and later take forward, sustainable mixed-use incident opportunities, including new homes, offices and retail space.

An advisory panel of creators including Thomas Heatherwick, David Kester and Paul Priestman has been drill equal on the project since 2014 and it is still engaged.

Further smaller plan contracts are expected but HS2 was not able to confirm what the nature of these at the time after time of publication.

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