Rail operator calls for tenders from contractors for multi-million pound project

Network Rail has appointed GMW Architects to design its Milton Keynes HQ and launched a search for a main contractor.

GMW, the architects behind the refurbishment of Tower 42 (the Natwest Tower) and Gatwick North and South Terminals, will design the 400,000ft² centre in Milton Keynes, as well as a two-storey car park.

The National Centre building, set to cost between £75m and £120m, will house Network Rail teams from across the country, bringing together staff from its London, York and Manchester offices.

Network Rail said the rationalisation would save the company millions of pounds annually, and that the new centre would be “up and running” from 2012.

The site, which is next to Milton Keynes railway station, is currently a disused national hockey stadium, to be demolished later in the year.

Network Rail has also issued an OJEU notice seeking a design and build contractor for the job. In the notice, it says the building “must achieve at least an "excellent" BREEAM rating.”