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Bechtel pulls Euston HS2 Station bid

HS2 Euston

Bechtel has pulled out of the race to build the High Speed 2 terminal at Euston Station in London.

The contractor remains on the shortlisted bidders in contention to build the HS2 station at Old Oak.

New Civil Engineer understands it was always Bechtel’s intention to only bid for only one of the two stations, but has only now confirmed its choice.

When HS2 launched the search for contractors to build the two southern stations, it said contractors could bid for both stations, but only win one.

It is also understood the contractor is now set to partner with Morgan Sindall on the Old Oak Common bid.

The decision to pull out now leaves a Costain / Skanska Construction UK joint venture (JV), a Mace / Dragados JV and a Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial Agroman (UK) JV in the race to build Euston station, which has a contract value of £1.65bn.

The Canary Wharf Contractors /MTR Corporation (UK) /Laing O’Rourke Construction JV pulled out of the bid to build the station earlier this month after Canary Wharf Group lost the bid to develop Euston Station to Lendlease.

At Old Oak Common there is no change in the shortlist to build the station with Balfour Beatty / Vinci Construction UK /Vinci Construction Grands Projets SAS/Systra JV, Mace/Dragados JV, Bechtel and Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial Agroman (UK) JV all bidding.

Fluor is understood to be joining the Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial Agroman JV for both stations.

An HS2 spokesperson said: “Euston and Old Oak Common are two of the most important parts of the project – two new high speed gateways to the capital which provide much needed extra capacity and unlock the opportunity to thousands of new jobs and homes around the wider station sites. The construction partner will be at the heart of the project, and we’re pleased to have a strong line-up of bidders in both shortlists.”

Contracts are expected to be awarded in the Autumn with contracts for the construction of the two Birmingham stations following later in the year.

Fluor has been contacted for a response. Bechtel and Morgan Sindall declined to comment.

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