HS2 has announced its shortlist of bidders for the contract to build the Interchange Station in Solihull.
The winner of the contract will develop the detailed design of the station before construction begins and the station takes shape over the next few years.
Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited, Skanska Construction UK Limited and Unity – a Joint Venture between Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick, supported by a subcontractor, WSP have been invited to tender the contract worth up to £307million.
The contract, which will be awarded in 2022, is set to support 1,000 jobs, creating a major economic boost for people and businesses in the Midlands.
HS2’s stations director Matthew Botelle said: “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.”
The construction site for the station covers an area of 150 hectares, and is located within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452.
Work so far has included construction of modular bridges over the M42 and A446, and remodelling of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station.
The station is the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification at the design stage – a measure of sustainability for new and refurbished buildings – putting it in the top one per cent of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials.