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Appetite is waning

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HS2 Ltd’s cancellation of the bid race for the £435m contract for Birmingham Curzon HS2 station is “the first signal that contractors’ appetite to take on high risk on big projects is waning after a wave of big write-downs across the sector” (Construction Enquirer reported).

A fresh invitation to bid ‘will now go out in early September, setting the procurement process back 10 months’.

Construction Enquirer, HS2 forced to rebid Curzon HS2 station, 11 Jul 2019

“£435 million”.

Some people may recall that just punching a hole in the roof of Birmingham New Street station, and some cosmetic cladding, plasterboard, and canvas over the structure, cost more than £600 million. Several years ago.

Written by beleben

July 12, 2019 at 1:44 pm

Posted in Birmingham, Bizarre

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    July 12, 2019 at 7:49 pm

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  2. I’d note that, as permitted in the planning process, a planning application for alternative development of part of the Curzon Street site has been promoted.

    Might I also seek some commentary on the option of delivering an 18-20 platform ‘Central Birmingham’ station through combining Snow Hill and New Street Stations, and ditching the Bordesley chords.

    The Birmingham ‘Central’ Station would be created by building a 400 metre link tunnel from the Red Lounge at New Street to what may remain of the undercroft at Snow Hill to rise up to platform levels. rgere would be at least one intermediate station entrance & gateline via a shop unit on Temple Row, and possible links to Victoria Square (where there may still be the the adit driven – from Moor Street – to construct the Anchor underground telephone exchange during the cold war era). As with Manchester Piccadillly, which has a comparable distance between Platform 1 and Platforms 13/14, a travolator would speed transits through this tunnel.

    The second of the 3 tunnels under Colmore Row extends to Temple Row, under the Great Western Arcade, with the third just a very short stub. One or other or both, might be extended to emerge at Moor Street, but aligned to connect via a grade-separated junction with all routes from the East at Proof House, enabling all trains to run into any of the platforms.

    At the West end an 800m chord at Winson Green would link out from Snow Hill to the route for Wolverhampton, and also have the option of a second chord to take trains North for Bescot, and linked routes.


    July 14, 2019 at 10:48 pm

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