Located in Britain’s new high-speed rail network, the new Interchange Station in Solihull is to be built by Laing O’Rourke.
The contract, worth up to £370m, will see them work with HS2 Ltd in two stages to finalise the detailed design and build the landmark station over the next few years.
Contracts will be signed after the completion of the standstill period.
“Congratulations to Laing O’Rourke, who will be awarded this significant HS2 contract, which will not only unlock many jobs and business opportunities in the Midlands but also provide hundreds of supply chain contracts for companies right across the country,” says HS2’s Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Andrew Cubitt.
The construction site for the station covers an area of 150 hectares within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452. Significant progress has already been made on the site, including building modular bridges over the M42 and A446 as part of a remodelled road network to facilitate access to the news station.
There will be up to five trains per hour passing through the station in both directions, with an estimated total of 175,000 seats per day, making this one of the best-connected transport interchanges in the country and a new gateway to the UK,” says HS2’s Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Andrew Cubitt.
“The station has been designed to be net zero in operation, which is a key part of HS2’s strategy to reduce carbon and our ambition to build the most sustainable railway in the world,” says HS2’s station Director, Lee Holmes.
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 1% of buildings in the UK for eco-friendly credentials,” says HS2’s station Director, Lee Holmes.
This recognises the station’s eco-friendly features, including maximising natural daylight and ventilation, a station roof design that can capture and reuse rainwater, and features that enable zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption. Energy efficient technology w, such as air source heat pumps and LED lighting, will also be incorporated
The huge growth plans around the site, being led by the Urban Growth Company, will support 30,000 jobs, up to 3,000 new homes and 70,000m2 of commercial space. These will form part of the UK Central Hub area plans for 70,000 jobs, 5,000 new homes and 650,000m2 of commercial space, generating £6.2bn GVA per year and bringing 1.3m people to within a 45-minute public transport commute of the station.
Source: © High Speed Two Ltd 2022
Image Source: © High Speed Two Ltd 2022
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