News

Hero Subpage

Subpage Banner

Show Zone Hero

Speakers Hero

Conference Hero

14 Sep 2018

Work begins to exhume ‘18,000 dead bodies, buried 20 deep’ for HS2

METRO

Thousands of dead bodies in Birmingham are today a step closer to being removed to make way for HS2, the company has said.

Brummies have noticed a flurry of activity on the project in recent days including a pub being demolished, fences put up and a huge encapsulation structure erected where the new Curzon Street HS2 Station will stand. The ‘encapsulation structure’ will allow an army of archaeologists to discover history’s buried secrets and begin the painstaking task of removing some centuries old corpses from the site of a former grave yard.

How many bodies are buried is not known, HS2 Ltd estimate there are 6,000 bodies but staff working on the project are adamant there are closer to 18,000, with one claiming they are ’20 deep’. One Birmingham based worker on the project told Metro.co.uk: ‘We have been told there are 18,000 bodies down there and they are buried 20 deep.

The history stuff will be interesting but some of us are basically going to be seeing dead bodies for the next year or two. ‘But work is work, and everyone wants to work on HS2 because it is about as long term a job as you can expect these days.’ Senior HS2 communications manager Myrddn Edwards told Metro.co.uk: ‘The temporary encapsulation structure has been erected in the Birmingham site which is needed for the archaeologists to begin their work.

‘Trial trenching has begun and whatever we find in the ground will be fascinating. We will find out about the Britain of the industrial revolution, its people and the diseases they suffered from too. ‘The sheer scale of possible discoveries, the geographical span of the project and the vast range of our history to be unearthed makes HS2’s historic environment programme a unique opportunity to tell the story of Britain, its past and future.’ Mr Edwards said everything is on schedule for HS2 to open in 2026 with the archaeological work taking place until autumn 2020. HS2 has assembled a team of archaeologists, forensic archaeologists, osteologists and exhumation specialists to deal with the thousands of dead bodies that have to be removed.

An artist’s impression of Curzon Street HS2 Station in Birmingham (Picture: HS2)   Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/13/work-begins-to-exhume-18000-dead-bodies-buried-20-deep-for-hs2-7940768/?ito=cbshare  Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

‘The programme of work will be led by an experienced archaeologist who will ensure that human remains and burial monuments will be afforded due dignity, care and respect,’ Mr Edwards said. The dead bodies will undergo a variety of tests when they are removed from the site, including DNA, which will give archaeologists a rare chance to see the make up of the people who lived in Britain 200 years ago. All the bodies, which were buried in St Martin’s Church graveyard, will have to be moved to consecrated ground. Despite HS2 bosses liaising with The Church of England a site has yet to be chosen. HS2 says it is creating 15,000 jobs before 2020 and 30,000 in the construction phase up until its opening in 2026.

The inside of Curzon Street HS2 Station which will be operational in 2026  (Picture: HS2)   Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2018/09/13/work-begins-to-exhume-18000-dead-bodies-buried-20-deep-for-hs2-7940768/?ito=cbshare  Twitter: https://twitter.com/MetroUK | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MetroUK/

The route also crosses other burial grounds and cemeteries, the largest being St James Gardens in London where an estimated 60,000 bodies lie. The first high speed trains between London Euston and Birmingham will be operational in 2026 and will travel at speeds of up to 250mph making it the fastest in Europe. The first phase between London and Birmingham is projected to cost £22 billion and phase two, between Birmingham and Manchester and Leeds will cost another estimated £32 billion and open in 2033.

 

Source : METRO


London Build is the leading building and construction show for London. Gain access to 8 dedicated conferences, 300+ exhibitors across 9 show zones, the construction industry's very own Oktoberfest, entertainment and much more. Promote your brand, open new business opportunities, win contracts and gain access to the latest market intelligence in London and the wider region.

REGISTER FREE TICKETS

Loading

What the UK's construction industry is saying about London Build..

  • It was our first time as an exhibitor and London Build Expo did not disappoint. It proved to be both exciting and productive. Looking forward to next year.
    Kash Ansari
    Marketing Manager, Nexans
  • Certainly the best Expo I’ve been to with regards to meeting the desired audience!
    Ryan Johnson
    Commercial Manager, Architectural Fabrications Limited
  • London Build 2018 was our first year as exhibitors & we thoroughly enjoyed it. The show had plenty of interaction and interest!
    Free Falcon
  • London Build is a busy and vibrant expo bringing together large to small players in architecture, interior design, building, construction and refurbishment. I would recommend it as both an exhibitor and as a visitor.
    Sarah Hodgkins
    Owner and Artist, Charlotte Designs
  • We attended as a visitor for the first time last year and were impressed enough to rebook for this year. The standard of visitors that came to the stand was really good and the variety of roles from MD’s to electricians was excellent and some meaningful conversations took place, we met people that we would not have been able to access during a normal working week. It was a well organised event, very easy for the exhibitor and a really good atmosphere throughout, I would recommend that anyone who visited with a view to taking stand space in 2019 should go for it.
    Tim Brown
    Technical and Specification Manager, Unitrunk
  • I would wholeheartedly recommend exhibiting at London Build.
    Adam Martin
    Area Sales Advisor, Indigo Industrial Supplies
  • We had a great time exhibiting at this year’s show. We met a real mix of individuals and companies, collected some valuable leads and found it an excellent platform to showcase our new fire safe building wrap material to the market.
    Brett Rigby
    Business Development Manager, Service Graphics​​​​​​​
  • A very well organised exhibition. From the initial booking of our stand, design, social media coverage and logistics; London Build 2018 was a breeze to organise and exhibit at. The layout of the floorplan was very clear and enabled exhibitors to find stands they were interested in and engage with exhibitors. We certainly made a lot of new contacts and would recommend London Build!
    Suzie Davies
    Managing Director, Marquee Contracting Limited
  • London Build is THE construction show for London. A must attend
    Stuart Goddard
    Sales Director, The CPD Service
  • The London Build Expo was a well organised and attended event. The quality of the speakers and the discussion was high and there was a progressive development of new products and materials on show.
    Mark Hopkins
    Associate Director - Project Management, The Portman Estate​​​​​​​
  • London Build Expo was a wonderful event. I particularly enjoyed the balance of like-minded professions and stimulating debate. There was never a moment without something of interest to see
    Chris Hildrey
    Architect, Director, Hildrey Studio​​​​​​​
  • London Build Expo was a great experience bringing together all facets of building construction and operation. Highly recommended!
    Richard McElligott
    Director, Future Decisions​​​​​​​

 

VIEW ALL TESTIMONIALS

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

 COUNTDOWN TO LONDON BUILD!