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HS2 civils battle down to nine teams


Nine teams have been shortlisted for up to £11.8bn of civils work on High Speed 2.

US giant Bechtel was the only company to make the list on its own as project promoter HS2 Ltd revealed who was in the running for the main surface route and tunnels packages on phase one of the scheme, from London to Birmingham.

A range of British and European companies make up the other shortlisted teams – each of which can only win two of the seven packages.

The £11.8bn includes the possibility of further deals going to the pre-qualified nine teams for work on the section dubbed phase 2a from Birmingham to Crewe.

  • A consortium of Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine was shortlisted for four lots
  • ASL – consisting of Acciona, John Sisk & Son and Lagan – will tender on one deal
  • Balfour Beatty, Vinci and BeMo Tunnelling made the cut on four contracts
  • Bechtel is in the hunt for one contract
  • Carillion, Eiffage and Kier will also compete for four of the seven lots
  • Fusion – a team made up of Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure, BAM Nuttall and Ferrovial – was shortlisted for four packages
  • Laing O’Rourke, FCC and Murphy and Sons will compete for three deals
  • Momentum – a consortium of Dragados, Hochtief and Galliford Try – was shortlisted against four packages
  • Skanska, Costain and Strabag was shortlisted four times

HS2 Ltd chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Over the next 10 years HS2 will help create tens of thousands of job opportunities, build specialist skills and expertise across the country and create at least 2,000 new apprenticeships.

“Collaboration will be at the heart of everything we do. Together with our suppliers, we will create these opportunities while continuing to push for the best value and long term efficiency that will be essential to delivering this transformational project on time and on budget.”

HS2 Ltd also confirmed that it had formally invited tenders from the seven teams shortlisted for enabling works on phase one. 

The project promoter also published details of engineering design work worth up to £500M for developing the detailed plans for phase two of the scheme, covering Crewe to Manchester, and Birmingham to Leeds. Bidders are expected to be shortlisted in the summer ahead of a formal route decision on phase two, which is expected in the autumn

Additional work covering stations and railway systems will follow. Phase one of the HS2 is forecast to create 14,600 construction jobs and apprenticeships.

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