Several high-powered international JVs have confirmed their formation to tender for the main Tier 1 packages on Phase 1 of the UK’s HS2 project. The multiple contracts include the design and construction under the Early Contractor Involvement system of 39km of twin-bore tunnels to the value of some £3.8bn. Confirmed so far are:
- FCC Construcción/Murphy/Laing O’Rourke
- Ferrovial/BAM/Morgan Sindall/Amey
- Bouygues/Sir Robert McAlpine/VolkerWessels
- Balfour Beatty/Vinci
Rumoured but unconfirmed to Tunnelling Journal at time of writing are a Costain/Skanska JV, and a team from Eiffage/Carillion.
Also rumoured is a JV of Dragados/Hochtief/Kier, although a spokesman for Kier denied the company’s involvement.
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Procurement of the tunnel contracts is planned for later this year with enabling works starting in 2016. The main tunnelling contracts construction will begin in 2018 for a Phase 1 opening date scheduled for 2026.
For a full article on HS2 see TJ’s interview with Tim Smart, Head of Engineering and Operations in the April/May issue of TJ: http://tunnellingjournal.com/tunnelling-journal-aprilmay-2015/?fullscreen