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HS2 to interview select few for main civils work

High Speed Rail

Frontrunners for HS2’s civils contracts are being invited for a second interview for High Speed 2’s major main civil works contract New Civil Engineer understands.

The civils works package is one of the main packages of work on phase 1 of the high speed line. Nine teams were shortlisted in March last year for up to £11.8bn worth of work, covering three lots – each of which is subdivided into smaller packages of works.

However only some of the shortlisted teams will be invited for a second interview.

It is unclear at this stage which of the short listed teams have been given the call.

An HS2 spokesperson said: “We are continuing discussions in order to finalise the procurement process. The process remains on schedule.”

In March this year, HS2 Ltd delayed awarding the contracts until June saying this approach enabled it to be more flexible when distributing work between the enabling packages and the main civils packages to help mitigate any unforeseen problems during construction.

This is an expected stage and unrelated to the recent issues around the awarding of the phase 2b development partner role.

Awards are expected to be made in the summer.

The nine shortlisted bidders are:

  • Align Joint Venture (Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)
  • ASL (Acciona Infraestructuras, John Sisk & Son, Lagan)
  • BBV (Balfour Beatty, Vinci BeMo)
  • Catalyst (Bechtel)
  • CEK (Carillion, Eiffage, Kier)
  • Fusion (Morgan Sindall, Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman)
  • LFM (Laing O’Rourke, FCC Construccion, J. Murphy and Sons Limited
  • Momentum Infrastructure (Dragados, Hochtief, GallifordTry)
  • SCS (Skanska, Costain, Strabag)

The seven packages are:

  • Lot S1 – Euston Tunnels and Approaches (£600M - £900M)
  • Lot S2 – Northolt Tunnels (£850M – £1.4bn)
  • Lot C1 – Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct (£800M – £1.3bn)
  • Lot C2 – North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley (£800M – £1.3bn)
  • Lot C3 – Brackley to Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel South Portal (£600M – £900M)
  • Lot N1 – Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction / Birmingham Spur (£900M – £1.5bn)
  • Lot N2 – Delta Junction to West Coast Main Line Tie-in (£800M – £1.3bn).

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