HS2 Winners

Bidding results announced for HS2 Phase One

Government transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced the winners of £7bn worth of construction contracts awarded to contenders for the HS2 Phase One rail works.  

The deals were confirmed as part of commitment to ensuring that plans remain on track for project completion by 2026. 

The first stage, referred to as ‘Phase One’, will be a 16-month period to develop a design, a programme and a Target Cost for the construction of the works. The second stage will involve construction of the main works and is expected to take between four and five years to complete.

The winning contractors for Phase One are:

Northern Branch

Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)

Delta Junction to WCML Tie-In – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)

Central Branch

Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)

 North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)

Brackley to South Portal of Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)

Southern Branch

Euston Tunnels and Approaches – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)

Northolt Tunnels – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)

Work on the transportation infrastructure project has already begun to develop a design, a programme and a Target Cost for the construction of the works. Main construction is due to commence in late 2018.

The secretary for transport commented: “This is a hugely important step in the construction of Britain’s new railway and underlines the government’s determination to deliver an economy that works for all.”

The Chairman for HS2 limited, David Higgins, released a statement saying: “This is a huge day for the HS2 project and for the country. These contracts will support 16,000 jobs here in Britain and will create opportunities for thousands of SWEs.” The scheme is estimated to create over 20,000 new jobs in the northern branch of the line alone, providing growth in skills, bolstering the UK construction industry and prosperity. 

One of the largest contractors awarded work on the project, Balfour Beatty, has JV deals estimated at £2.5 billion, with Carillion stating that its joint venture deals with Kier Construction and Eiffage, worth a combined £1.2 billion. 

 

 

Steven Thomas