HS2 is on the role to assign a specialist contractor to build the high speed rail project’s central control centre and maintenance depot. This construction takes place in Birmingham’s Washwood Heath with a depot that includes a 40,000 m2 rolling stock maintenance building.
The £275m contract will see the winning bidder work with HS2 to transform the 30 hectare brown field site into the nerve centre of the HS2 network. A carriage wash, automatic vehicle inspection building and 14 sidings are also a part of the building to store the trains.
Network Integrated Control Centre will be available in the same building for signalling and control systems as well as office buildings for cleaners and drivers. Bidders are expected to be shortlisted for the single-stage design and build contract in the summer.
A Metro-Cammell railway works building which closed in 2004 was present in the Washwood Heath site. A team from HS2’s early works contractor LM, completed the demolition of the buildings on the site last year, and is made ready for the start of construction.