Birmingham secures HS2 HQ
Posted by APM on 25th Jul 2014
HS2 Ltd has announced the headquarters of the High Speed 2 (HS2) project will be based in Birmingham.
It will house more than 1,500 employees with the first wave set to move into the new premises by May 2015.
While some staff will move from London, most of the roles will be new, bringing skilled opportunities to the area.
The announcement reinforces HS2s long-term commitment to the city.
Four Birmingham areas were previously named as potential locations for the 20m HS2 College, planned to be built by 2017.
Birmingham City Council has announced it will create a company to lead the Curzon Street station development, which will be the citys hub for the first phase of HS2.
This follows its plans to regenerate the city through building offices and more than 2,000 homes to improve the local economy as part of the HS2 project.
The 141-hectare site will also be supported by the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which will offer a 30m investment.
Curzon Street is currently derelict but will form the centerpiece of the new development, extending its offering into Digbeth and the surrounding area. According to the city council, the building will become the biggest in Birmingham once completed.
Council leader Sir Albert Bore told the BBC: Since the industrial revolution, Birmingham has been a national capital for engineering. So its only natural that the HS2 construction HQ will be based in Birmingham.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin added that he hopes the new station will replicate the success of Londons Kings Cross and St Pancras stations. He said: If you think what those areas were like 20 years ago and what theyre like today, I want to see that emulated in Birmingham.
Image: Birmingham City Council