Works milestone reached at new HS2 depot

Work to prepare the ground for a new control centre and maintenance depot in Birmingham as part of high-speed rail project HS2 has passed a key milestone ahead of construction starting in earnest.
Joint venture team Balfour Beatty Vinci has excavated more than 35 million cubic feet of earth at the 160-acre Washwood Heath site which will eventually be home to the so-called Network Integrated Control Centre (NICC) and train maintenance hub.
As part of a cut and fill exercise, the recycled material has been cleaned and reused to level the ground, paving the way for detailed design and construction of the new buildings next year.
HS2 said that, by recycling and reusing earth as part of the remediation programme, it eliminated the need to i …