High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2) has announced that Mace and Dragados are finalising the design and building the brand new Birmingham Curzon Street railway station.
Known for completing excellent large infrastructure projects, including rail projects such as the refurbishment of Birmingham New Street, Mace Dragados will help produce a station which is eco-friendly by design, and also aesthetically fitting for the local area and as a railway station.
They will assist in two stages; to finalise the design of the £570m project, with an target to achieve a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard. Already planned is the use of solar power and capturing rainwater to be used onsite. Producing a design with a net zero carbon output is a key criteria to meet too.
HS2 worked with WSP and Grimshaw Architects LLP on the design for Curzon Street, which is inspired by the great arched roofs built by the Victorian railway pioneers.
The design takes that inspiration into the 21st Century, ensuring accessibility and a focus on the open space and landscaping around it.
HS2 Ltd’s Chief Executive Mark Thurston said: “Birmingham Curzon Street is right at the heart of the HS2 project, providing a fantastic terminus for trains running right into the heart of the city centre. The station will play a vital role in the long-term economic future of the West Midlands, creating hundreds of jobs during construction and boosting the region after the pandemic.
“Mace and Dragados have some incredible experience delivering some of the world’s most challenging and exciting infrastructure projects, and I look forward to welcoming them to the team.”
HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “This is a huge moment for Birmingham and for HS2. The brand new, world class HS2 station at Birmingham Curzon Street will place the city at the beating heart of the new HS2 network.
It marks a major investment in Birmingham’s future as we build back better from Covid-19 – breathing new life into the city centre, supporting hundreds of new skilled jobs and helping forge better connections across the whole country.”
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “HS2 is at the heart of my plans to create 100,000 jobs in just two years to help the West Midlands recover from the coronavirus pandemic, and so I am absolutely thrilled by today’s news.
“Not only is this a major shot in the arm for our region’s construction sector that was performing so well pre-Covid, but the building of Curzon Street is also set to create hundreds of jobs. That’s local jobs for local people at such a difficult time, and I will ensure we continue to run construction training courses so residents can get the skills they need to take on these new roles.
“I’m also excited to see the commitment from HS2 ltd that the station will be net-zero, helping the West Midlands in its battle against the climate emergency and in our aim to become carbon neutral by 2041.”
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