HS2 announces contract winners

Wednesday 19 July 2017

The winners of the latest HS2 contracts have been announced by the government, with Carillion, Costain and Balfour Beatty among the names working on the project.

These deals will see the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham route designed and built, supporting a total of 16,000 jobs. 

Along with the three already mentioned, Skanska, Strabag, Vinci, Kier and Eiffage all picked up two packages each. The remaining package was given to Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick. 

Contracts will officially be signed at the end of the month after a period of no movement, with construction of the line scheduled to begin in 2019. 

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: "As well as providing desperately needed new seats and better connecting our major cities, HS2 will help rebalance our economy.”

The contracts were handed to individual regions of the route: southern, area central and area north. In the southern area, Costain, Skanska and Strabag will take control of the work surrounding the Euston tunnels and approaches. The Northolt tunnels contract was won by SCS JV. 

For area central, the Chiltern tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct-Align contract went to a joint venture of Sir Robert McAlpine, Bouygues Travaux Publics and VolkerFitzpatrick. 

The North Portal Chiltern tunnels to Brackley work will be carried out by a joint venture of Carillion, Eiffage Genie Civil Sa and Kier, while CEK JV will manage the Brackley to south portal of Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel. 

In area north, contracts for the Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur - BBV joint venture were given to Balfour Beatty, along with the France, UK and Terrassement branches of Vinci Construction.

As well as this, the Delta Junction to West Coast Main Line Tie-In was awarded to BBV JV, completing the northern contracts. 

The HS2 project is expected to create thousands of opportunities for construction workers across the country. Routes for the Manchester and Leeds routes are yet to be decided, with these plans set to create job options in the north.

When recruitment for the work begins, officials will be looking for experienced independent professionals, who may be able to gain significant amounts of money for shortand long-term projects. 

For these specialists, freelancer and contractor accountants will be extremely helpful. These experts will be able to assist self-employed workers with their finances and ensure earners are taxed correctly. 

By Victoria McDonnell

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