HS2 invites bids for £70m Interchange station

An artist’s impression of Interchange Station

HS2 has started the search for a contractor to build the £70m Interchange Station in the Midlands.

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 will be the first railway station in the world to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification at the design stage and will feature a rood able to capture and reuse rainwater, air source heat pumps and LED lighting.

The tender will be announced later this year and a contract awarded in 2022.

Meanwhile, regeneration around the station by the Urban Growth Company will see the construction of up to 3,000 new homes and 70,000 sq m of commercial space.

HS2’s stations director Matthew Botelle said: “The start of the search for our construction contractor is a significant step in the journey to build HS2’s Interchange Station in the Midlands. We’ve worked closely with our multi-disciplinary design team Arup to design the station to be net zero in operation, which is a key part of our strategy to reduce carbon and build the most sustainable railway in the world.

“The wider regeneration around Interchange Station is an even bigger prize, with thousands of jobs, new homes and commercial development set to transform the economic potential for people and businesses in the region.”

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