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HS2 starts hunt for partners to deliver station developments

HS2 has now begun its search for bidders to work on the design and development contracts for four stations that will be built to accommodate the high-speed line.

The company is looking for partners to deliver a number of key station projects, including a development partner for London Euston, and architects and designers to build the new Birmingham Curzon, Birmingham Interchange and London Old Oak Common stations.

Around 170,000 jobs are expected to be brought in from the wider developments around the stations and economic benefit of the new route.

Separately, another contest has started to find a master Development Partner to advise on and take forward the development of new homes, offices and retail space around London Euston, which has been a controversial issue over the last few years.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said that the contest was a major step forward in constructing the stations and moving HS2 forward as a catalyst for Britain’s economic growth.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

And HS2 commercial director Beth West added: “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,” she emphasised. “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.”

Finally, David Biggs, managing director of Network Rail Property, said that the organisation welcomed the opportunity to create a new London destination at Euston that mirrored King’s Cross and St Pancras.

“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,” he added.

HS2 executives will hope that the process kick-started today runs smoother than some of its other contracts, which recently have hit major obstacles.

Having just published its design vision for the high-speed line, it was revealed that the company had scrapped a £10m contract bid for management services, and been forced to restart the procurement.

More significantly, RTM also revealed that CH2M had pulled out of the £170m civil engineering contract for Phase 2B, after a competing firm Mace raised concerns over HS2 Ltd’s handling of the procurement.

HS2 were also sharply criticised in a report by QS Michael Byng, who said that Phase 1 costs were likely to soar to £48bn, and result in there being little or no budget left to actually complete Phase 2A to Crewe and Phase 2B to Leeds.

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John   10/04/2017 at 16:56

What about Crewe?

Andrew Gwilt   10/04/2017 at 20:55

I think Crewe could also be redeveloped for HS2 @John.

Graham Nalty   11/04/2017 at 14:28

Transport Minister Andrew Jones has stated that “The winning bidders will need to ensure the stations provide the best possible customer experience". The only way to deliver the best customer experience is to get the right station in the right place. Euston has been allowed to take up far more land than is necessary, as has been shown by Euston Express scheme, but it would be far better for rail users if it were a through station with direct connections to HS1 and Thameslink. Heathrow would make a far better interchange than Old Oak Common and is a destination that people want. The Birmingham Interchange has no convenient or practical connections to classic rail services. And Birmingham Curzon Street may well become a 'White Elephant' when rail operators, especially on cross country routes, choose to run their HS2 trains into New Street to take advantage of New Street's excellent connectivity. And What about Crewe, you ask. Surely Stoke City Council's plan for a new HS2 city centre station at Etruria is a project that is worth doing and will bring in many more new jobs.

Rail Realist   14/04/2017 at 07:53

This is all fine rhetoric but there seems to be no mention of the financial implications of the finished result. we all know that architects love dreaming up grandiose plans for new stations but rarely do they live in the real world of being able to afford them. With financial pressures on HS2 likely to continually challenged for the foreseeable future, one would have thought the remit would have been to produce the most cost effective plans for these stations, which does not mean having to resort to the concrete monstrosity that is Birmingham Snow Hill. As many of us believe, accommodating HS2 at Euston, could be achieved within the existing station footprint with a little bit of imagination and creativity

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