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Seven consortia invited to bid for HS2 enabling works

11 Dec 15 HS2 Ltd has published the shortlist of firms being invited to tender for a share of £900m of preparatory work ahead of the start of major civil engineering on the London-Birmingham high speed rail project.

The enabling works contracts cover a range of activities including utility diversions, ecology surveys, archaeology, establishing site compounds, site clearance, demolition, ground remediation, watercourse activities, highways realignments, monitoring and instrumentation, structural reinforcements and drainage.

Three packages of work are up for grabs, covering the northern, central and southern sections of the route. Work is expected to start on schedule in 2017.

The following have all been shortlisted for at least one package:

BBV JV – Balfour Beatty, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK Limited, Vinci Construction Terrassement SAS

CEK JV – Carillion Construction, Eiffage Travaux Publics, Kier Infrastructure & Overseas

Costain Skanska JV – Costain, Skanska Construction

LM – Laing O’Rourke, J Murphy & Sons

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Morgan Sindall / BAM Nuttall / Ferrovial JV

Align JV – BouyguesTravaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morrison Utility Services, Volkerfitzpatrick

Momentum Infrastructure – Galliford Try Infrastructure, Hochtief Infrastructure, Dragados

The shortlisted bidders are expected to be invited to tender in the spring, with contract award later in the year.

HS2 Ltd chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Today’s shortlist marks an important milestone as we move towards the start of construction in 2017 and a real boost for the UK construction industry.

“Over the course of the next few years, the winning bidders will go on to employ thousands of people on site and in the supply chain, preparing the ground for the start of major civil engineering.

“Announcing the shortlist now will help give business the certainty they need to push on with their bids, start to put in place supply chains and invest in recruitment, training and education ahead of the start of construction.”

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