Aecom lands HS2 station design job

Aecom has been appointed as design partner on HS2’s £370m Interchange Station in Solihull.

The consultant joins Laing O’Rourke on the project, after the contractor was appointed to build the 150-hectare development in July.

Aecom managing director for buildings and places Richard Whitehead said the station will make a “hugely positive contribution” to the area by improving connectivity in the West Midlands region.

“A focus for our team will be to reduce embodied and operational carbon through our designs, ensuring a deliverable scheme that achieves its preliminary BREEAM Outstanding certification,” he added.

Initial plans for the station were redesigned in 2020, following an intervention by West Midlands mayor and Oakervee Review panellist Andy Street.

Arup carried out earlier design work, which included eco-friendly features to maximise the amount of natural daylight, as well as capturing and reusing rainwater.

The estimated cost of the station build rose by £100m between 2020 and 2021, when its contract notice was published.

Work on Interchange Station is set to support about 1,000 jobs over the next five years.

Balfour Beatty Vinci, the joint venture (JV) working on the West Midlands section of HS2, has been preparing the site for construction. Once finished, the station will serve up to five trains per hour in each direction.

Interchange Station was the last of four stations in phase one of the multi-billion-pound railway project to be awarded.

Euston Station and Curzon Street station in Birmingham are both being delivered by a Mace/Dragados JV.

A Balfour Beatty/Vinci/Systra JV is building Old Oak Common station.

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