UK's High Speed Two (HS2) has published details of contract opportunities for architects, designers and developers interested in the development of four new stations on the London to Birmingham high-speed railway line.
The winning bidders will work with HS2 to devise and refine its plans for stations at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and Old Oak Common, as well as the scheduled expansion of London Euston.
HS2's new stations are intended to provide accessible onward connections to local transport, airports and connecting rail services.
The development areas surrounding the four planned stations are set to benefit from the creation of more than 170,000 new jobs during the lifespan of the project.
HS2 commercial director Beth West said: “We’re looking for the brightest and the best from across the industry to help us deliver one of the most tangible legacies of the HS2 project: three brand new stations and a major expansion of London Euston.
“Together we will deliver world-class designs that help unlock wider local regeneration opportunities and provide unparalleled levels of accessibility, ease and convenience for the travelling public.”
HS2 has also launched a separate contest to seek a master development partner to offer advice and support to future development opportunities for new homes, offices and retail space above and around the revamped London Euston.
A development scheme intended to unlock the full potential of the area is set to be devised collaboratively by the contest winner, HS2, Network Rail, the station design contract winner and local authorities.
HS2 will shortlist the bidders for the station designs and the Euston Master Development Partner soon, with contracts expected to be signed early next year.
Image: Outside the main entrance to Euston station. Photo: courtesy of mattbuck.