Mace Dragados win £570m HS2 contract

by Samiyah Mokaddus
CGI projection of the HS2 Curzon Street station in Birmingham

Mace and Dragados have secured a £570m contract to deliver Birmingham’s new HS2 railway station.

The deal will see Mace Dragados work with HS2 Ltd in two stages to finalise the detailed design and build the station in the heart of the city.

The Curzon Street station itself will operate at net-zero carbon levels and adopt an eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies.

The project is designed to meet a ‘BREEAM excellent’ standard, meaning it aims to reduce energy usage and materials waste while minimise the impact of those that are used on the environment.

‘A huge moment’

Mark Thurston, chief executive of HS2 Ltd, said: “Birmingham Curzon Street is right at the heart of the HS2 project, providing a fantastic terminus for trains running right into the heart of the city centre.

“The station will play a vital role in the long-term economic future of the West Midlands, creating hundreds of jobs during construction and boosting the region after the pandemic.

“Mace and Dragados have some incredible experience delivering some of the world’s most challenging and exciting infrastructure projects, and I look forward to welcoming them to the team.”

HS2 minister Andrew Stephenson said: “This is a huge moment for Birmingham and for HS2. The brand new, world-class HS2 station at Birmingham Curzon Street will place the city at the beating heart of the new HS2 network.

“It marks a major investment in Birmingham’s future as we build back better from COVID-19 – breathing new life into the city centre, supporting hundreds of new skilled jobs, and helping forge better connections across the whole country.”

Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands, added: “HS2 is at the heart of my plans to create 100,000 jobs in just two years to help the West Midlands recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, and so I am absolutely thrilled by today’s news.

“Not only is this a major shot in the arm for our region’s construction sector that was performing so well pre-COVID, but the building of Curzon Street is also set to create hundreds of jobs.

“That’s local jobs for local people at such a difficult time, and I will ensure we continue to run construction training courses so residents can get the skills they need to take on these new roles.

“I’m also excited to see the commitment from HS2 ltd that the station will be net-zero, helping the West Midlands in its battle against the climate emergency and in our aim to become carbon neutral by 2041.”

Image: CGI projection of the HS2 Curzon Street station in Birmingham


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