Construction Enquirer NewsRead MoreLaing O’Rourke bids alone as Spanish firms enter JVs for landmark station job

Laing O’Rourke is the only shortlisted contractor to have opted to go it alone to bid the huge Birmingham Curzon Street HS2 station contract.

HS2 has revealed the three shortlisted bidders for the £570m landmark city centre terminus.

The other bidders include BAM Nuttall, which has teamed up with Spanish-owned Ferrovial Construction (UK) and Mace, which is bidding in a joint venture with another Spanish contracting giant Dragados.

The two-stage design and build contract will see the winning bidder work closely with HS2 to develop the detailed design and construction of Curzon Street Station.

Contracts are expected to be awarded next year.

HS2’s procurement and commercial director, David Poole said: “Birmingham Curzon Street is absolutely at the heart of the HS2 project and will help transform the city and the economy of the wider region.

“We are looking for a partner to take on the highly complex construction phase, working with us to deliver this logistical and engineering challenge.

“It’s great to see how much interest there is in the competition and we look forward to working with the successful bidder to deliver, what will be a new low-carbon architectural landmark for Birmingham and the UK.”

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 21stCentury, ensuring accessibility and a focus on the open space and landscaping around it.

Significant progress has already been made on site.

A massive archaeological programme, involving 70 archaeologists, has unearthed the world’s oldest railway roundhouse.

Demolitions and ground investigations are preparing the site for construction, and utility diversions are set to begin in the summer.

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