HS2 Ltd has revealed the seven joint ventures that are in the running for a share of £900M of preparatory work for High Speed 2 (HS2).
The work will be the forerunner to the major civil engineering on the first stage of the project, between London and the West Midlands. It includes utility diversions, site clearance, ground remediation, highways realignments, structural reinforcements and drainage.
All seven joint ventures have been shortlisted for at least one package.
HS2 enabling works contractor shortlist
• BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group, Vinci Construction Grands Projets SAS, Vinci Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement SAS)
• CEK JV (Carrillion Construction, Eiffage Travaux Publics, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas)
• Costain Skanska JV (Costain Limited, Skanska Construction)
• LM (Laing O’Rourke, J. Murphy & Sons)
• Morgan Sindall / BAM / Ferrovial JV (Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK)
• Align JV (BouyguesTravaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morrison Utility Services, Volkerfitzpatrick)
• Momentum Infrastructure (Galliford Try Infrastructure, Hochtief Infrastructure, Dragados SA)
The work is split into three packages covering northern, central and southern sections of the route, with work expected to start on schedule in 2017.The shortlisted bidders are expected to be invited to tender in the spring, with contract award later in the year.
HS2 Ltd chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Today’s shortlist marks an important milestone as we move towards the start of construction in 2017 and a real boost for the UK construction industry. Over the course of the next few years, the winning bidders will go on to employ thousands of people on site and in the supply chain, preparing the ground for the start of major civil engineering.
“Announcing the shortlist now will help give business the certainty they need to push on with their bids, start to put in place supply chains and invest in recruitment, training and education ahead of the start of construction.”
Last month the government announced that the Birmingham to Crewe section of the route will be built six years ahead of schedule.