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Business News Business News Latest news from Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce


Curzon Street station. In a deal worth up to £570m, Mace and


Joint collaboration to build HS2 station A


joint venture between two major construction firms has been appointed to design and build HS2’s Birmingham


Dragados work with HS2 Ltd in two stages to finalise the detailed design and then build the landmark station.


‘Birmingham Curzon Street is right at the heart of the HS2 project’


The station itself will be net zero carbon in


operation and adopt the latest eco-friendly design and sustainable technologies, including capturing rainwater and utilising sustainable power generation, with over 2,800m2 of solar panels located on platform canopies.


It is designed to meet a ‘BREEAM excellent’


standard, which is an industry recognised standard for buildings that reduce energy usage and materials waste and minimise their impact on the natural environment. Mace and Dragados are also working together


in a separate joint venture delivering HS2’s London terminus at Euston. HS2 Ltd’s chief executive Mark Thurston 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.”


West Midlands mayor Andy Street said: “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.” HS2 worked with WSP and Grimshaw


Architects LLP on the design for Curzon Street.


This is ‘Florence’, the giant digging machine which HS2 has launched as the first of 10 that will tunnel 64 miles between London and the West Midlands. The enormous 2,000-tonne boring machine, named after Florence Nightingale, is operating HS2’s South Portal site next to the M25 in Buckinghamshire. A second machine ‘Cecilia’ will launch next month to excavate the second tunnel at the South Portal site.


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