High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd has awarded contracts worth £900M for the first phase of the construction of the route.
The three enabling works contracts have been awarded to:
- Area south – CS joint venture (Costain Group and Skanska Construction UK)
- Area central – Fusion joint venture (Morgan Sindall, Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial Agroman)
- Area north – LM joint venture (Laing O’Rourke Construction and J Murphy & Sons).
The contracts for the whole of phase one cover archaeological investigations, site clearance and setting up construction compounds ahead of the start of the main civil engineering work.
In total, seven joint ventures were shortlisted for the project last year. These included Align, comprising Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morrison Utility Services and Volkerfitzpatrick; as well as Momentum Infrastructure, comprising Galliford Try Infrastructure, Hochtief Infrastructure and Dragados SA.
The CS joint venture won a contract worth £300M. Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie said: “This contract win demonstrates the major role which Costain plays in delivering the UK’s most urgent infrastructure needs. Costain has been selected as a trusted partner by HS2, for our commitment to taking a collaborative approach to large-scale projects, minimising disruption and delivering a best in class outcome for rail users.”
The announcement comes as the government sets out its preferred route for phase two of HS2 from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds.