Nine contractors have won places on the first framework to deliver physical work on the route of High Speed 2.
Project promoter HS2 Ltd named the firms that would compete for 92 ground investigation works packages on phase one of the £43bn rapid rail link.
These mini competitions will begin in the spring, and the framework announcement marks the beginning of construction procurement for the controversial scheme.
The nine contractors awarded places on the ground investigation framework are:
- BAM Ritchies
- Environmental Scientific Group
- Fugro Seacore (Trading as Fugro Engineering Services)
- Soil Engineering Geoservices
- Structured Soil
- Allied Exploration & Geotechnics
- Ian Farmer Associates (1998)
- WYG Environmental Planning Transport
Work won through the framework, to provide detailed geological survey information for the route between London and Birmingham, will be worth a total of £50M.
Procurement of nine major design and build contracts on the first phase of HS2 is expected to begin this year. The main build is expected to begin on site in 2018.