HS2 is on the hunt for a construction contractor to build the Solihull Interchange Station.
Bidders are being called on to put their hat into the ring for the £370m contract which could support up to 1,000 jobs.
The station is the first railway station globally to achieve the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ certification at the design stage – a measure of sustainability for new and refurbished buildings.
The station will have a number of eco-friendly features including maximising natural daylight and ventilation, a station roof design which can capture and reuse rainwater, and features to enable net zero carbon emissions from day-to-day energy consumption.
HS2 Minister Andrew Stephenson said: “HS2’s Interchange Station will be one of the best-connected places in the UK, bringing together rail, road and air transport links and today’s milestone takes us one step closer to delivering a new, modern, zero-carbon station.
“This investment in the West Midlands will support 1,000 jobs, create new jobs and businesses, and regenerate the region as we build back better.”
The construction site for the station covers an area of 150 hectares, and is located within a triangle of land formed by the M42, A45 and A452.
Work so far has included construction of modular bridges over the M42 and A446, and remodelling of the road network in the area to facilitate access to the new station.
Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council said: “The announcement is a huge step towards realising the vision we created for the UK Central Hub.
“HS2 and the interchange station will supercharge the economy of Solihull and the wider region, bringing jobs, homes and opportunities and it is vital that we do our utmost to capture its benefits.
“This is a fantastic project for the UK construction industry and we look forward to continuing to work closely with HS2 and its contractors to ensure the interchange station supports our ambitions for the UK Central Hub.”
The UK Central Hub plans for 70,000 jobs, 5,000 new homes and 650,000m2 of commercial space to be created within a 45-minute public transport commute of the station.
The tender shortlist for the contract will be announced later this year and the contract awarded in 2022.