Vinci Construction UK has been chosen as the design and build contractor for two multi-storey car parks to serve the HS2 Interchange station in Solihull.
The contractor was awarded the 13-month contract by Urban Growth Company (UGC), a special-purpose delivery vehicle for the HS2 Interchange station and the £ 1.6bn-worth of infrastructure that will support it.
The car parks will also release land for Arden Cross, a 140 hectare mixed-use scheme nearby. The multi-storey plans replace the former plans for surface level parking. UGC said that this consolidation of land space would free up 30 hectares of land towards the neighborhood scheme, help create thousands of jobs and deliver homes three years earlier than what was first estimated.
The HS2 Interchange and Arden Cross scheme are part of a wider development in the region called The Hub. It spans 1,300 hectares and also includes Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Center, a Jaguar Land Rover logistics center and Birmingham Business Park. It is strategically located on the national highway network in Solihull and is said to be accessible to 75 per cent of the UK population within a three-hour drive distance.
An application for full planning permission for the first car park will be submitted to Solihull Council in July. Outline planning permission for the second car park will also be sought.
Last year, the central government announced that it would provide a £ 50m grant towards this project, which was supplemented by a £ 45m loan from the West Midlands Combined Authority.
UGC chief operating officer Sue Barrett said: “This project is about so much more than a car park – it’s about working in partnership across the public and private sectors to agree on an alternative proposal which delivers the full economic, social and environmental benefits we know to be possible here at what is going to be one of the best-connected locations in Europe. ”