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Laing O'Rourke/Canary Wharf pulls out of race for £1.65bn HS2 station

HS2 Euston

High Speed 2 project promoter HS2 Ltd has confirmed that the Laing O’Rourke/Canary Wharf Contractors/MTR joint venture has withdrawn its bid for Euston Station redevelopment work, leaving four bidders in the race for the £1.65bn contract.

It is understood that Canary Wharf Contractors decided to pull out of the race after losing out to Lendlease in the £40M Euston master development partner (MDP) competition, as revealed by New Civil Engineer last week.

The four remaining bidders for the overall redevelopment work at Euston are: Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial; Costain/Skanska; Mace/Dragados; and Bechtel.

An HS2 Ltd source described the quartet as “a pretty strong field”, with scope for any of the bidders to add partners ahead of the contract award in the autumn.

Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial, Mace/Dragados and Bechtel are also on the shortlist for HS2’s Old Oak Common station, along with a team featuring Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra. The winner of the £1.3bn contract will also be revealed in the autumn.

At Euston, the winning contractor will deliver 11 new platforms, tripling capacity at the north London station.

The winning bidder for Euston Station will work with consultant Arup and archictect Grimshaw, which together scooped the design contract earlier this month. Arup will also design the Birmingham Interchange station, while WSP won the design contracts for Old Oak Common and Birmingham Curzon Street.

Birmingham’s two stations will be the next part of the project to go out to tender for engineering work, with details expected to go to market in the spring.

Laing O’Rourke declined to comment. Canary Wharf Group has been contacted for comment.

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