Carillion, Eiffage and Kier have confirmed a joint venture partnership to bid for work on the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project.
Consortiums will be competing for nine, £1bn design and build contracts when bidding begins in earnest from September.
European construction heavyweights are playing major parts in the bidding teams. Earlier this month Laing O’Rourke Group, FCC Construcción and Murphy formally announced they had combined to form a joint venture called LFM to bid for HS2 work.
Sir Robert McAlpine is part of the Align joint venture formed with Bouygues Travaux Publics and Volker Fitzpatrick which is to bid for work on Phase One.
Kier is currently a major delivery partner on the £16bn Crossrail project. Carillion constructed High Speed 1 and Eiffage is currently constructing France’s latest high speed rail project from Brittany to the Pays de la Loire.
Kier chief executive Haydn Mursell said: “It is excellent to be able to bring together the combined talents and expertise of three major infrastructure partners, to provide a highly experienced delivery solution for HS2. The government has signalled its ongoing commitment to the project, in the recent Queen’s Speech and with today’s revisions to the HS2 hybrid Bill, so the formation of this joint venture is well timed to respond to the progression of what will be the country’s largest infrastructure project to date.”