Award of £8.6bn civil contracts for HS2 pushed back to June
A total of £8.6bn worth of civil contracts for the first phase of HS2, which were due to be awarded next month, have been pushed back to June, RTM has been told.
Bidders have been informed that the procurement process has been delayed, and HS2 is now requesting further information from the competing companies ahead of its final decision on the seven packages of work. However, the company is confident it still remains on schedule.
The list of nine companies shortlisted for the civil engineering contracts were invited to tender for seven packages on phase one worth up to £8.6bn in June last year.
An HS2 spokesperson said: “HS2 remains on schedule with the Main Works contracts due to be awarded in the summer. Our Enabling Works contractors are already on board and preparing for the first activities on the ground over the next few months. These vital early works are designed to clear the way for the start of the Main Works and reduce the risk of delay later in the programme.
“Our Main Works contractors will go on to deliver the bulk of the construction work on the project and we are currently undertaking a rigorous evaluation and selection process to ensure that we get the right companies in place. Together we will start to deliver a transformation in rail travel in the UK and we look forward to welcoming them to the team.”
Amongst the firms bidding, many in the form of joint ventures, were some of the biggest names in the national and international rail sector, including Balfour Beatty Vinci BeMO, Catalyst: Bechtel Ltd and Fusion: Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastrucutre Ltd.
The full shortlist is as follows:
- Align JV: BouyguesTravaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, Volkerfitzpatrick
- ASL: Acciona Infraestructuras, John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd, Lagan Construction Group Ltd
- Balfour Beatty Vinci BeMO (BBV JV): Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK Ltd, Vinci Construction Terrassement SAS, BeMO Tunnelling GmbH
- Catalyst: Bechtel Ltd
- Carillion-Eiffage-Kier (CEK) JV: Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil S.A. (previously Eiffage TP), Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd
- Fusion: Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure Ltd (previously Morgan Sindall plc), BAM Nuttall Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd
- LFM: Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd, FCC Construccion S.A., J. Murphy and Sons Ltd
- Momentum Infrastructure: Dragados S.A., HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH, GallifordTry Infrastructure Ltd
- SCS: Skanska Construction (UK) Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG
The phase one contracts cover a series of areas, including the Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct as well as the route from Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction.
HS2 told the firms that by being able to “deliver the best results in terms of value and efficiency” the successful bidders would then be able to bid on phase 2a works, worth between £1.8bn and £3.3bn to cover the second leg of the project – between Birmingham and Crewe.
Last month, HS2 received royal assent, effectively giving the “green light” for work to begin on the high-speed line.
The latest news, however, follows other issues with the bidding process for contracts on HS2, including last month, when RTM reported that confirmation of the awarding of the 2b development partner to CH2M had been delayed whilst HS2 held talks with under-bidder Mace about the decision.
In January, the government started looking for a company to design, build and maintain 60 of HS2’s state-of-the-art trains for the first phase of the high-speed rail network, with the £2.75bn contract due to be awarded in 2019.
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