HS2 has launched the hunt to find a developer to build a £275 million depot and control centre in Birmingham.
The scheme, to be built on the former LDV vans site in Washwood Heath next to the M6, will provide a hub for maintenance and storage and create 500 jobs.
The winning bidder will work with HS2 to transform the 74-acre brownfield site into a 24-hour hub for the high-speed rail network including a 430,550 sq ft rolling stock maintenance building, carriage wash, inspection building and 14 sidings where trains can be stored overnight.
Also planned for the site is a hub to act as the centre of the network’s signalling and control systems and office buildings for cleaners and drivers.
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Phase one of HS2 between Birmingham and London is currently under construction while phase 2a between Birmingham and Crewe received royal assent last week.
HS2’s commercial director David Poole said: “The start of the search for a contractor to build Washwood Heath is a real milestone for the HS2 project and a huge long-term opportunity for the area.
“With main works civils construction now well under way, we are putting the specialist team in place to support operation of the new railway.
“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 also once home to the train maker Alstom but it ceased operations there 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, and phases one and 2a will have a fleet of at least 54 trains based at Washwood Heath once fully operational.
Bidders are expected to be shortlisted for the single-stage, design-and-build contract in the summer with contract award in 2023.