The world’s major international civil contractors are lined up to compete for the first seven civil and tunnelling contracts of the UK High Speed 2 program.
HS2 Ltd, the delivery arm of high speed rail in the UK, today (Wednesday) announces the shortlist for the first phase of construction between London and Birmingham.
Eight joint ventures and a single company bidder will be competing for contracts totalling between £7.1 billion and £11.8 billion worth of civil engineering on the 100-mile section between London and Crewe. Firms that deliver the best results in terms of value and efficiency will be eligible to bid on an additional 40 miles between Crewe and Birmingham.
|Table 1. Shortlisted bidders for HS2 Phase 1 civils|
|S1*||CEK, Fusion, Momentum, SCS|
|S2 *||Align JV, CEK, Fusion, SCS|
|C1*||Align JV, BBV, LFM, SCS|
|C2||Align JV, BBV, CEK, Momentum|
|C3 -||Align JV, ASL, Bechtel, CEK, Momentum|
|N1||BBV, Fusion, LFM, SCS|
|N2||BBV, Fusion, LFM, Momentum|
* denotes major TBM tunnelling lot
The bidders are:
The packages are:
Under procurement rules set by the owner, HS2 Ltd, shortlisted bidders were invited to tender for a maximum of four packages. In order to maintain the “competition and resilience of the project” a maximum of two packages will be awarded to each bidder. All the packages will be let as two part design-build contracts to encourage innovation and flexibility in construction and design. The seven contracts are expected to be signed next year (2017).
In a further milestone for the wider project, HS2 Ltd also publishes details of engineering design work worth up to £500 million for developing the detailed plans for Phase Two, including Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds, ahead of a formal route decision on Phase Two, expected in the autumn. Applicants are expected to be shortlisted in the summer with the successful bidders appointed once the route has been announced.
The HS2 Bill, which provides the legislative framework required to proceed to Phase 1 construction, is also due to return to the UK Lower House of Parliament (the Commons) today (Wednesday 23 March), before then moving on to the Upper House (the Lords). Final Royal Assent is expected at the end of the year, with the start of construction scheduled for 2017.
HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Simon Kirby said: “Today’s announcements are a major milestone for the project. Over the next 10 years HS2 will help create tens of thousands of job opportunities, build specialist skills and expertise across the country and create at least 2,000 new apprenticeships.
“Collaboration will be at the heart of everything we do. Together with our suppliers, we will create these opportunities while continuing to push for the best value and long term efficiency that will be essential to delivering this transformational project on time and on budget.”
UK Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “HS2 is an exceptional opportunity for businesses, creating thousands of jobs during construction and helping to rebalance our economy long before trains start running in 2026. This major moment in the procurement process takes us a step further to getting spades in the ground next year, so construction can begin on this vital railway.”
|Table 2. Underground alignments proposed for HS2 London–Birmingham|
|Location||Distance from Euston Station||Tunnel Length||Tunnel type|
|Euston Station - Old Oak Common Station box||500m - 8,500m||8,000m||TBM|
|Old Oak Common Station box||8,500m - 9,500m||1,000m||Station box|
|Portal west of Old Oak Common Station box - Ickenham Portal (West Ruislip)**||9,500m - 23,500m||14,000m||TBM|
|Chalfont St Peter - Little Missenden*||31,500m - 45,000m||13,500m||TBM|
|South Heath||46,500m - 47,600m||1,100m||Green|
|Wendover||53,500m - 54,600m||1,300m||Green|
|Turweston||95,000m - 95,100m||100m||Green|
|Greatworth||102,000m - 104,100m||2,100m||Green tunnel|
|Chipping Warden||110,000m - 112,500m||2,500m||Green|
|Ulton Woods||127,000m - 127,400m||400m||Green|
|Ulton Woods||127,400m - 128,900m||1,500m||TBM|
|Burton Green||146,000m - 146,520m||520m||Green|
* 2,400m tunnel section added January 2012
** 5,000m section (Northolt-Ickenham added January 2012), 9,000m section
(Old Oak Common Station box-Northolt added April 2013)