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HS2 looks for construction firms to build London stations

Words: Laura Edgar
London Euston, HS2, Southern Entrance / HS2

HS2 Ltd has begun searching for the companies that will transform London Euston station and build a new transport hub at Old Oak Common ready for the high-speed rail line.

The investment into the two stations for HS2 is expected to help to unlock 79,000 jobs and 29,000 homes in the surrounding area.

Contracts for HS2’s Birmingham stations, which are expected to create up to 52,000 jobs and 6,000 homes, will be awarded in 2018.

Transport minister Paul Maynard said: “The winning bidders will need to ensure that the stations provide the best possible customer experience. But there will also be huge and exciting opportunities for development around all HS2 station sites, not just in London and the West Midlands, but also in Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, and the East Midlands, unlocking huge opportunities for new jobs, homes and economic growth.”

Mark Thurston, chief executive at HS2 Ltd, said: “We’re looking for the best the construction industry has to offer. Companies that share our commitment to safety, efficiency, environmental protection and value for money. Together, we will create two iconic stations, gateways to the capital and to the nation that local communities and the travelling public can be proud to call their own.”

The successful bidders will act as construction partners that will work with HS2 and the Euston and Old Oak Common designers. They will be responsible for programme management as well as procuring, integrating and managing the supply chains.

It is expected that about 4,000 jobs will be supported during construction of the two stations, with around 700 during operation.

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