HS2 has launched the initial phase of its search for contractors for the design and build of the Interchange station in Solihull, West Midlands.
It has published a prior-information notice and is looking for interested suppliers to complete a market-engagement questionnaire.
The station will comprise a two-storey building including a concourse, two external island platforms and a canopy structure over various bridges.
Subject to the outcome of the Oakervee Review of the scheme, HS2 expects to launch its procurement in the second quarter of 2020.
The review, led by former HS2 chair Doug Oakervee, has been assessing factors including whether the project should continue, its costs and the route. His report is expected to be published in the new year.
A notice to proceed for the project’s civils work has not yet been granted by government.
Last month, an apparently leaked copy of the Oakervee Review, seen by The Times, said the review supported the completion of the project in full, but called for HS2 to consider re-procuring contracts to ensure it achieves the best possible value.
The value of the contract will be confirmed after the results of the questionnaire have been received.
Interchange station is set to be the penultimate stop before the line reaches Curzon Street.
The station will also include an ‘automated people mover’ to transport passengers between the Interchange Station and Birmingham Airport.
Further information about completing the station can be found here.