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10.08.18

Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture.

Mark Davies will replace Mark Cutler—who taking up a job elsewhere after being at the helm of the JV since January 2017— as managing director of the consortium.

The long-established JV between the two infrastructure giants has already been handed major HS2 contracts worth a combined £2.5bn, including northern-area Lots N1 and N2 between the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel to Delta Junction/Birmingham Spur and from the Delta Junction to the West Coast Main Line tie-in.

The team is also bidding for more deals, including further railway systems packages and the major Old Oak Common station contract. If successful, when put together these deals are valued at a whopping £3.8bn.

Davies joins the JV from his most recent role as managing director of Carillion’s UK infrastructure arm. He joined the now-defunct company after its acquisition of Alfred McAlpine in 2004.

He said: “I am thrilled to be leading the Balfour Beatty Vinci joint venture team for HS2, to support the delivery of such an iconic major high-speed rail project across the UK.”

As well as his stint at Carillion—where he held a number of business leadership roles—Davies is also a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and has amassed more than 30 years of experience in the rail, highways, water and nuclear sectors.

Balfour Beatty and Vinci also boast over 30 years of experience of working together with a successful delivery record, including high-profile projects such as the Channel Tunnel, Crossrail, and the M4, M5 and M6 Smart Motorway packages.

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