Bidders will be invited to tender by HS2 Ltd by the end of the year, with contract award in autumn 2018. The procurement process for the construction of the Birmingham stations, which have shorter lead-in times, is expected to begin in 2018 with contracts awarded in 2020. The planned completion date for all stations is 2026.
Transport minister Paul Maynard said this was another major step towards making HS2 a catalyst for growth across the country.
"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 Ltd chief executive, Mark Thurston, said: "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."
The number of construction jobs created by the two London stations is expected to reach 4,000.
The new Old Oak Common station, which will run services direct to destinations including Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as connect to Crossrail will kick-start a wider transformation of the former railway sidings and light industrial zone led by the Mayor of London’s Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, which aims to create 25,500 new homes.
HS2 also launched a design competition to find multidisciplinary teams for the stations and the shortlist was announced last month:
- Arup is bidding with Grimshaw for both London stations and with Wilkinson Eyre for both Birmingham stations.
- WSP is bidding with Wilkinson Eyre and Chapman Taylor in London and with Grimshaw in the Midlands.
- Foster & Partners and Arcadis are bidding for Euston and Birmingham Interchange.
- A team led by Mott MacDonald with RSHP and Weston Williamson are bidding for Old Oak Common and Birmingham Curzon Street.
- A team featuring Jacobs, BuroHappold and Idom are bidding for the two Birmingham stations.