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‘Brightest and best’ wanted for HS2 station designs

10 Apr 17 HS2 has launched the tender process for the design and development of four railway stations on the high speed rail project.

Birmingham Curzon Street will be one of the new stations for HS2
Birmingham Curzon Street will be one of the new stations for HS2

The contract notice seeks design teams for new stations at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common, as well as a major expansion of London Euston.

In a separate procurement process, HS2 is also seeking a master development partner for Euston. The winning bidder will advise on, and later take forward, development opportunities for new homes, offices and retail space above and around the revamped station. Up to 21 hectares of development space is in play with the HS2 Euston development.

Bidders for both stations design and the Euston master development partner are expected to be shortlisted in the summer, with contracts signed early next year. The stations design work will be split into four packages.

HS2 commercial director Beth West said: “We’re looking for the brightest and the best from across the industry to help us deliver one of the most tangible legacies of the HS2 project – three brand stations and a major expansion of London Euston.

“All four present unique challenges and opportunities for the winning bidders. Together we will deliver world-class designs that help unlock wider local regeneration opportunities and provide unparalleled levels of accessibility, ease and convenience for the travelling public.”

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Of the development at Euston, HS2 commercial development director Tom Venner said: “Euston has been the gateway to the nation and the nation's capital for over a century. HS2 provides the opportunity for it to continue that role into the next century - and for the local community to be proud of that role. Together with our development partner, we aim to redevelop Euston in a way that will make it not just the nation's hub, but London's as well, the heartbeat of both the nation and the capital, fit for the 21st century and beyond.”

David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail Property, added: “Network Rail welcomes the opportunity to create a new London destination at Euston mirroring its neighbour King’s Cross and St Pancras where our investment in the station acted as a catalyst, bringing inward investment and regenerating the whole area into a thriving new London quarter. 

“The HS2 terminal at Euston will have a similar effect. It will become the initial focus for the wider regeneration of the station and surrounding area with an opportunity to create a new vibrant commercial and residential district in the heart of London with fantastic connectivity to the rest of the UK and Europe.”

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: “The search for design teams to produce plans for new stations and world-class amenities for London Euston, Old Oak Common, Birmingham Interchange and Birmingham Curzon Street stations is a major step towards making HS2 a catalyst for growth across the country. The winning bidders will need to ensure the stations provide the best possible customer experience. There are also huge opportunities for development near all the HS2 stations. HS2 Ltd is progressing its search for a partner to deliver new homes, shops and offices around Euston station once the core HS2 work is complete.”

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