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Engineers behind the HS2 civils packages

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New Civil Engineer can reveal the consultants working with the recently announced winners for the High Speed 2 (HS2) major £6.6bn civils contracts.

The winning contractors were announced last week for the seven packages, but now the engineers teamed up with each of the joint ventures is being announced.

Winners of southern packages S1 and S2, JV SCS – Skanska Construction UK, Costain, Strabag – is working with well-known British consultant Arup and Spanish consultant Typsa.

Typsa lists itself as being “one of the most experienced Spanish consulting firms in the field of rail infrastructure”, having been involved in the planning, design and construction supervision of over 4,700km of high speed line. It also said it played a major role in the development of the high speed rail network across Spain.

C1 central section was won by Align JV – Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine. It is being supported by American consultant Jacobs and French consultant Ingerop. Both companies are experienced in the rail sector with Ingerop providing the technical engineering for, among others, the high speed line in France from Brittany to Pays de la Loire. Here in the UK, Jacobs in currently working the Great Western main line link to Heathrow Airport.

Winner of the remaining central packages C1 and C2, CEK – Carillion Construction, Eiffage Genie Civil, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas – is being supported by the largest group of consultants: Arcadis, French consultant Setec and Cowi.

Cowi will bring its bridges expertise to the venture, French consultant Setec said it would bring ‘know-how’ in landscaping, geotechnics, hydraulics, civil engineering works, and railway integration.

The remaining two packages, totalling the northern section, was won by BBV JV – Balfour Beatty Group, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement. BBV is working with British consultant Mott MacDonald and French transport specialist Systra.

Systra along with Egis has recently was designer and construction manager on the new high speed line in Morocco. Mott MacDonald along side Arup has been shortlisted for HS2’s station design packages.

Consultants at a glance

  Skanska Construction UK, Costain, Strabag Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine Carillion Construction, Eiffage Genie Civil, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Balfour Beatty Group, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement
Lots S1 / S2 C1 C2 / C3 N1 / N2
JV’s Designer(s)








Mott MacDonald


The work involved in the series contracts to create long sections of tunnels, tunnel shafts, viaducts, river diversions, bridges, cuttings and embankments was revealed by New Civil Engineer last week.

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