Construction starts on HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street Station

HS2 has marked the start of construction on Birmingham Curzon Street Station. 

The new rail hub, which will be net zero carbon in operation, will be the first brand new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the 19th century. 

The station will take five years to build, 

HS2’s contractor Mace Dragados Joint Venture (MDJV) have been in stage one of the contract since 2021, working with HS2 to develop the detailed programme. 

Starting this January, they will deliver major earthworks to prepare the site for piling and foundations work in the spring, with construction of the main station building due to start in the summer.

During construction itself, hundreds of jobs will be created, including an estimated 100 new entrant roles, new apprenticeship positions and Restart scheme opportunities for unemployed people.

Rail Minister Huw Merriman said: “Curzon Street will become one of the most environmentally friendly stations in the world, and the gateway to Birmingham for future HS2 passengers. 

“The start of construction represents significant progress for the UK’s largest infrastructure project, demonstrating real momentum in building the line that will transform rail travel for generations to come.”

Jon Thompson, executive chair of HS2, added: “This is a major milestone for HS2 in the West Midlands, as work begins on this brand new iconic structure in the city. 

“The connectivity created by Birmingham Curzon Street Station and its public realm will create far-reaching social and economic opportunities across Birmingham’s Eastside by linking together the learning and creative quarters, new residential developments and the city centre.

“As work ramps up over the coming months, many jobs, apprenticeships and supply chain opportunities will be on offer – building on the economic benefits already making an impact in the region as a result of HS2.”

Work on the station façade will begin in summer 2025, with construction of concourse steelwork and the roof due to start in autumn 2025. 

The internal fit-out of the station will start towards the end of 2025 and finish at the end of 2028.

Operational testing and commissioning will run from summer 2026 to autumn 2028.

HS2 worked with WSP and Grimshaw Architects LLP on the design for Curzon Street, which is inspired by the great arched roofs built by the Victorian railway pioneers. 

Phase two of the HS2 route, between the West Midlands and Manchester, was scrapped by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in October last year. The government is now investing £36bn on other transport projects across the country.

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