High Speed 2 (HS2) has begun the search for the construction team to build the £435m Curzon Street station in Birmingham.
HS2 is expected to arrive in 2026 and help transform the city centre, offering 36,000 jobs and 4,000 homes across Birmingham.
Ground preparation on site of the project has already been commenced by contractors.
The plan for the station includes a huge arched roof inspired by the city’s transport and industrial heritage.
Last month, the images of the proposed designs by WSP, Grimshaw Architects and Glenn Howells were unveiled.
Work is underway to restore and reopen the original Curzon Street Station building as a visitor and heritage centre.
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “HS2 is already unlocking new opportunities to create skilled jobs across the West Midlands and, over the next decade, the winner of the Curzon Street contract will go on to build one of the most exciting and high profile elements of the project.”
“We’re looking for the best the construction industry has to offer. Companies that share our commitment to safety, good design, environmental protection and value for money. Together we will deliver an iconic new gateway to Birmingham – a building the city, the wider region and the travelling public can be proud to call their own.”
Birmingham City Council leader councillor Ian Ward said: “The start of this procurement process is a hugely significant step forward towards building what will be one of the real showpieces of the entire HS2 network here in Birmingham. However, what I think makes HS2 really exciting is the jobs, homes and opportunities it will bring to our city, leaving a legacy that I hope will benefit generations to come.”
Last year, separate contractors were appointed to build the tunnels and viaducts that will carry the 360km/h trains into the hub of Birmingham and to the Interchange station near Solihull, the NEC and Birmingham Airport.
HS2 services will eventually link over 25 destinations and 30 million people across the UK.
Bidders for Curzon Street are likely to be shortlisted in the spring, with contracts to be awarded in 2020. Separate construction contracts for Birmingham Interchange will be awarded in 2021.