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Calls for HS2 London stations work
Published: 8th September 2017
This Article was Written by: Richard Furlong - City Surveys Group
The procurement process for HS2’s London Euston build and the Old Oak Common transport hub has officially commenced with the contract noticed published last week.
The cost of transforming London Euston station is estimated at £1.65 billion, and the cost of constructing a new state-of-the-art transport hub at Old Oak Common, between Harlesden and East Acton, expected to cost £1.3 billion.
It is hoped that construction at the sites will commence before the close of 2018, with both stations passenger-ready by 2026.
Bidders for the contracts are expected to be invited to tender by the end of 2017, with the contracts awarded by autumn 2018.
In Birmingham, HS2 has similar plans for two brand new stations as well. Here the consultation process is already well underway, with procurement expected to start in early 2018, and contracts awarded in 2020.
On completion of the government’s ambitious and controversial national infrastructure project, HS2 will connect over 25 UK destinations and 30 million people. Trains will serve existing stations in major cities, including Glasgow and Liverpool, but will also serve newly-built stations in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and the East Midlands.
Building the high-speed terminus in phases means existing services can continue to operate normally, reducing disruption to travellers and local communities as a whole.
Old Oak Common will incorporate a Crossrail connection to Heathrow Airport and the City of London. The hub – hailed as one of the best on the entire UK rail network – will also provide services to all major HS2 destinations plus Wales and the West Coast. Meanwhile at London Euston, 11 new platforms built in two phases will increase capacity threefold. The establishment of a mixed-use development adjacent to the station is also expected to generate up to 14,000 jobs and up to 4,000 new homes. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
The development of London Euston and Old Oak Common railway stations is expected to unlock the potential for 79,000 jobs and 29,000 homes around them, with Birmingham stations offering similar potential. Up to 52,000 jobs and almost 6,000 new homes could be created as a direct result of the new northern stations.
HS2 chiefs hope developers and businesses will be attracted to the super stations, which offer first rate transport connections, business locations and job opportunities.
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.”
HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Launching this competition is another major milestone for HS2. Over the next decade, the successful bidders will go on to build two of the most challenging and high profile elements of the project – a brand new transport hub at Old Oak Common that will kick-start the regeneration of the site plus a major expansion of Euston.
“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.”
Working with HS2 Ltd and the Euston and Old Oak Common designers, the winning bidders will act as ‘construction partners’, responsible for programme management as well as procuring, integrating and managing the supply chains.