HS2 has named the teams awarded construction contracts for the planned Old Oak Common station after designs were recently released.
Preparation is beginning on the construction of Old Oak Common station in west London, with designs recently revealed and construction contracts awarded. Thousands of jobs are already supported by the high-speed rail, and there is even a pioneering archaeology project supported by HS2.
Described as one of the most important elements of the HS2 project, Old Oak Common will connect West London with the Midlands and the South. Recently revealed designs showed a state-of-the-art station with a vast public space, a park, and several kilometres of underground platforms.
Balfour Beatty/VINCI has been awarded the construction contracts for the station, with Mace/Dragados given the Euston contract. It is hoped work on Euston Station will double its capacity and reduce passenger demand.
Mace and Dragados have previously worked on international projects including terminal 2 of Mumbai International Airport and the Spanish high-speed rail network. Previous Balfour Beatty and VINCI projects include the Tours-Bordeaux TGV and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
HS2 Chief Executive Mark Thurston said: “Mace/Dragados and Balfour Beatty/VINCI have strong track records of delivering some of the world’s most challenging and exciting infrastructure projects and I look forward to welcoming them to the team.”
HS2 minister Nusrat Ghani added: “I am confident that these leading construction firms will deliver iconic stations that are safe, accessible and open to all.”
Old Oak Common station is being described by the government as the UK’s biggest regeneration project. The site is currently being cleared ahead of construction, scheduled to start later this year.
The planning of the wider site is being led by the Mayor of London’s Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation. It is hoped that the station will regenerate the whole area, supporting thousands of jobs and leading to new homes being built.
Mixed-use development for the area is also being planned, with leisure, residential, and commercial projects in the pipeline.
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