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HS2 names enabling works contractors

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15 November 2016
source HS2 Ltd
type Press release

HS2 took a step closer to construction today with the confirmation of three joint ventures to deliver essential early works – including archaeology, site clearance and setting up construction compounds – ahead of the start of the main civil engineering work.

The £900m Enabling Works Contracts cover the whole of Phase One, from London to Birmingham and the connection to the West Coast Mainline at Handsacre, with work due to begin in the spring.

The following joint ventures will be appointed:

Area South - CS JV (Costain Group Plc, Skanska Construction UK Limited)
Area Central – Fusion JV (Morgan Sindall plc, BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited)
Area North - LM JV (Laing O’Rourke Construction Limited, J. Murphy & Sons Limited)
As well as archaeology, site clearance and establishing site compounds, the contractors will also deliver a range of activities including utility diversions, ecology surveys, demolition, ground remediation, watercourse activities, highways realignments, monitoring and instrumentation, structural reinforcements and drainage work.

Jim Crawford, HS2 Ltd Managing Director – Construction, said:

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone as we continue to move towards the start of construction and the beginning of a challenging new phase in the project.

“Over the coming years, our new partners will deliver the essential preparatory work we need to deliver the main construction programme on time and on budget, as well as creating jobs and training opportunities for thousands of people all along the route from London to the West Midlands and across our UK-wide supply chain.”


Notes to Editors:

The full list of shortlisted bidders included:

BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group plc, Vinci Construction Grands Projets SAS, Vinci Construction UK Limited, Vinci Construction Terrassement SAS)
CEK JV (Carrillion Construction Limited, Eiffage Travaux Publics, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas)
Costain Skanska JV (Costain Limited, Skanska Construction Limited)
LM (Laing O’Rourke, J. Murphy & Sons)
Morgan Sindall / BAM / Ferrovial JV (Morgan Sindall plc, BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Limited)
Align JV (BouyguesTravaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morrison Utility Services, Volkerfitzpatrick)
Momentum Infrastructure (Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited, Hochtief Infrastructure GmbH, Dragados SA)
About HS2:

The UK Government gave the go ahead for a UK high speed rail network, called High Speed Two (HS2), on 10 January 2012.
HS2 will be a Y-shaped rail network providing direct, high capacity, high speed rail links between London and Birmingham and on to Leeds and Manchester. HS2 will improve capacity across the rail network, shorten journey times between Britain’s major cities, boost the UK economy and create tens of thousands of jobs.
In 2012, HS2 Ltd submitted proposals to the Secretary of State for Phase Two of the project from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester. The UK Government announced its initial preferred route for Phase Two on 28 January 2013 and the public consultation on these proposals ran from 17 July 2013 to 31 January 2014.
The HS2 hybrid Bill for Phase One of the new railway between London and the West Midlands (effectively the ‘in-principle’ planning application for the scheme) was deposited in Parliament on 25 November 2013.
MPs debated and approved second reading of the High Speed Rail (hybrid) Bill for construction and operation of the line, between London and the West Midlands, in the House of Commons on 28 April 2014. MPs voted 452 to 41 to agree the second reading of the Bill.
In November 2015 the UK Government confirmed the section of the Phase Two route between Fradley, at the northern end of Phase One, and Crewe. Known as Phase 2a it will open in 2027 and deliver the benefits of high speed rail to Crewe; Manchester; north west England; north Wales and Scotland six years earlier than planned.
MPs debated and approved third reading of the High Speed Rail (hybrid) Bill for construction and operation of the line, between London and the West Midlands, in the House of Commons on 23 March 2016. MPs voted 399 to 42 to agree the third reading of the Bill.
The UK Government will make an announcement on the rest of the Phase Two route serving Manchester on the western leg and South Yorkshire, East Midlands and Leeds on the eastern leg today.
HS2 Ltd is a company wholly owned by the UK Government’s Department for Transport (DfT)


Alastair Cowan
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