HS2 hunts for £275m control centre builder

Aaron Morby 2 weeks ago
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HS2 has launched the hunt for a specialist contractor to build the high speed rail project’s central control centre and maintenance depot in Birmingham’s Washwood Heath.

Central control centre and maintenance depot plan
Central control centre and maintenance depot plan

The £275m contract will see the winning bidder work with HS2 to transform the 30 hectare brown field site into the nerve centre of the HS2 network.

The depot will include a 40,000 m2 rolling stock maintenance building, carriage wash, automatic vehicle inspection building and 14 sidings where trains can be stored overnight.

Also on the same site will be the Network Integrated Control Centre for signalling and control systems as well as office buildings for cleaners and drivers.

HS2’s commercial director, David Poole said: “Washwood Heath will be at the heart of the operation – and around 500 high skilled jobs based at the depot will be a major boost for the community.”

The Washwood Heath site was formerly home to the disused Metro-Cammell railway works which closed in 2004. A team from HS2’s early works contractor LM, completed the demolition of the buildings on the site last year, ready for the start of construction.

Bidders are expected to be shortlisted for the single-stage design and build contract in the summer with contract award in 2023.

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