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Government unveils HS2 station developer shortlist

Government unveils HS2 station developer shortlist

The government has unveiled the shortlist of firms who are contenders to develop the major stations and surrounding areas on the first phase of HS2.

Euston will mark the final stop in the capital and the station will be substantially revamped, with major commercial and residential developments around it, much in the manner of the nearby vicinity of King's Cross. 

In addition, new stations will be built at Old Oak in west London - where the line will interchange with Crossrail, at Curzon Street in central Birmingham and Birmingham Interchange, which will link up with the West Coast main line and eventually provide a connection via Phase 2 towards Manchester and Leeds.

The shortlist includes Westfield Europe, Euston Regeneration Partnership, Canary Wharf Group, Land Securities Property Holdings and Lendlease Europe Holdings. The presence of companies like Westfield testifies to the plan to provide not just passenger facilities but also develop new retail, office and residential hubs around all the new stations. 

Speaking about the project, HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: "Today’s announcements are a major milestone for the project, setting the scene for the next stage of the station design process. Together with the successful bidders, we will go on to deliver one of HS2’s most tangible legacies - three brand new stations and the long-term transformation of Euston.

"All four projects represent exciting opportunities to showcase the very best in engineering and design while also delivering value for money."

The announcement has been one of several regarding HS2 this week. The names of the construction firms and joint ventures who will build the bridges and tunnels for Phase 1 have been announced, an undertaking that will provide 16,000 jobs. 

Furthermore, the route for the second phase has also been confirmed. Changes to the line south of Sheffield mean the controversial demolition of 16 new homes in Mexborough. However, over 40 homes and a school originally set to be pulled down in Manchester have been spared by the shifting of the line of the seven-mile tunnel under the south of the city between the airport and Ardwick, where it will re-emerge before terminating at Piccadilly. 

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