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Align JV appoints high speed design partners

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Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel have been appointed as design partners for the Align High Speed 2 joint venture.

The Align consortium – comprising Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick – is one of nine teams recently shortlisted for up to £11.8bn of civils work on HS2.

Jacobs will supply engineering design services, including tunnelling, earthworks, structures, highways and viaducts.

Jacobs’ appointment comes after its recent contract award for design works on the $1.2bn (£834M) California High Speed Rail project. The company has also provided technical consultancy for the Singapore to Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail project.

French consultancy Ingérop also has experience on high speed rail projects, most recently working as lead designer for the High Speed Line Bretagne-Pays de Loire in France, due to open in 2017.

Rendel – a fully-owned subsidiary of Ingérop – is currently working on the North West Rail Link in Australia and has previously worked on schemes such as the New Tyne Crossing and the New Europe Bridge between Bulgaria and Romania.

“We welcome Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel to our consortium as hugely reputable engineering consultancies with international experience in high speed rail design and also an excellent track record with major projects in the UK,” said Align director Jérôme Furgé.

“Jacobs’ global high speed rail experience allows us to bring innovation and expertise from High Speed 1, the Netherlands, California (US), Hong Kong, South Africa and Malaysia to the consortium. We look forward to collaborating with Align to deliver strategic high speed rail projects,” added Jacobs senior vice president building and infrastructure Bob Duff.

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