WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff/Ramboll has been named as the design partner for the Laing O’Rourke/FCC Construction/Murphy (LFM) joint venture bidding for major HS2 civil infrastructure packages.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Ramboll have worked together on many high profile projects over the last ten years, and the combined team will provide engineering design services including tunnelling, earthworks, structures, highways and viaducts.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff will draw on its expertise in delivering international high speed rail projects, from environmental and feasibility studies to engineering, construction management and commissioning; including rail system engineering for High Speed 2 – Phase One in the UK, the Cologne-Rhine Main Line, Taiwan High Speed Railway, Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed rail and California High Speed Rail. This is combined with Ramboll’s experience on Norway’s new High Speed rail line, the upgrade of Denmark’s entire rail signalling system to ERTMS, the world’s longest road/rail tunnel – Fehmarnbelt, and successful work on over a hundred design and build projects in the UK.
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Nadia Savage, LFM JV Board Director said, “I am delighted to welcome the WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Ramboll JV to the team. Both are acknowledged experts in innovation and advanced engineering, and will be crucial to our plans to participate in the UK’s latest high speed rail project.”
Peter Humphreys, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff and Ramboll JV project director said: “We are looking forward to applying our combined experience in designing, planning and engineering rail projects internationally to support LFM. We have a long standing relationship with the members of the LFM JV, where we’ve worked together on UK rail projects such as most recently on Manchester Metrolink. Our proven combined international high-speed rail experience means that our JV is well positioned to support their ambitions in this sector.”
The HS2 high-speed rail scheme is one of the country’s largest strategic infrastructure projects and will initially link London and Birmingham before extending north to Manchester and Leeds. The tendering process for £900m of enabling works on HS2 began recently with work packages covering the North, Central and South areas of HS2 Phase 1.