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26.04.16

Balfour Beatty-Vinci JV names HS2 design partner with pledge to use SMEs

The Balfour Beatty/Vinci consortium announced yesterday that a Mott MacDonald SYSTRA joint venture will be their design partner for their bid for the delivery of HS2 Phase 1 civils work.

Like Balfour Beatty Vinci, who are on the shortlist for the seven major HS2 contracts, Mott MacDonald/SYSTRA is a French-British partnership.

Mott MacDonald are an Altrincham-based global management, engineering and development consultancy company who have been involved in HS2 for over six years, including providing planning, engineering and environmental services and acted as the government’s representative on HS1.

SYSTRA is a French, global consulting and engineering group with extensive involvement in high-speed projects in France and overseas, as well as in Crossrail and the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.

The JV has pledged to use a local supply chain in the Midlands on all work taken, following a recent report recommending that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) take advantage of the employment and procurement opportunities offered by HS2.

Balfour Beatty Vinci's competitors Align JV also named their design partners last week, choosing Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel.

Julie Dakin, divisional director in the metros and civils division at Mott MacDonald, wrote for the most recent edition of RTM about rail vibration.

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