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HS2 delays London stations contract award

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HS2 Ltd has delayed the award of the construction partner contract for its Euston and Old Oak Common High Speed 2 (HS2) stations in London.

The contracts were scheduled to be awarded at the end of last year, however HS2 Ltd has confirmed that they will now be awarded in the first quarter of this year. HS2 Ltd has given no reason for the delay.

New Civil Engineer reported in September last year that two joint ventures were in the running for Euston Station.

New Civil Engineer understands that HS2 Ltd is in advanced talks with a Costain/Skanska joint venture (JV) and the JV between Mace and Spain’s Dragados for the £1.65bn Euston station job. This means that the Ferrovial/Bam Nuttall joint venture will miss out.

For the £1.3bn Old Oak Common job, HS2 Ltd was said to be in final contract negotiations with Balfour Beatty/Vinci/Systra JV, meaning that Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial will again miss out, along with Bechtel.

A Costain/Skanska joint venture is already working on the £300M enabling works package at Euston.

An HS2 Ltd spokesperson said: “At Euston and Old Oak Common, the arrival of HS2 will deliver much needed extra capacity, better connectivity and the opportunity to unlock thousands of new jobs and homes around both station sites. Our enabling works contractors are already on site clearing the way for the start of the main build phase and delivering essential pre-construction works including essential utility works, demolition, and our extensive archaeology programme.

“We are working closely with government to complete the contract award process for both station Construction Partners and we will announce the winners early this year.”

Progress is being made at Euston Station, with the erection of the first tower crane on the site earlier this week and the publication of designs for the proposed replacement London Underground substation and ventilation shaft.

The shaft will be clad with more than 13,000 glazed ivory white tiles, which are a modern version of the traditionally used glazed terracotta tiles on other London Underground stations.

A pattern of perforated tiles will allow air into the building.

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©westonwilliamson+partners eustonshaft interior

The ventilation shaft is being designed by architects Weston Williamson & Partners, with William Matthews Associates.

The four storey structure will contain a substation for London Underground and UK Power Networks as well as a vent shaft for the Northern line. 

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  • That structure looks like it will be an absolute nightmare to build and maintain as well as being a constant graffiti target.

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