Network Rail has begun the search for a contractor for the HS2 station in Birmingham

The search has begun for a contractor to deliver the HS2 station which will bring the new high speed line into the heart of Birmingham.

Contractors have been put on notice for the £435m design and build contract for Birmingham Curzon Street station, in a contract notice published to the Official Journal.

Firms wanting to compete for the project have until 31 December to register their interest, while a shortlist of up to five firms will be invited to tender in early May.

HS2 said: “The design and build contractor will be appointed to design and build the new Midlands station to budget and programme design, construction and commissioning and associated works and services.”

Expressions of interest and tenders from single entities or consortia will be accepted, with procurement documents saying HS2 Ltd does not require those consortia who intend to form a single legal entity to do so at the pre-qualifying questionnaire stage.

The contract notice said: “HS2 Ltd will consider contracting with a consortium, providing always that the participants in any consortium are jointly and severally liable for all of the obligations of the design and build contractor under the contract.”

It also revealed that HS2 Ltd’s design consultant, the team led by WSP, will be novated across to the successful bidder.

The contract notice also said employees from the successful contractor may be seconded to HS2 to assist in managing the overall project.