HS2 Notice to Proceed given for main works civil engineering contracts

Balfour Beatty VINCI, a long-established joint venture between two global infrastructure leaders, today announces it has received notification from High Speed 2 (HS2) to proceed with its two main civil engineering contracts, worth a combined total of c. 5 billion.

Following Notice to Proceed, the 50:50 joint venture will commence the full detailed design and construction of both schemes. Balfour Beattys in-depth expertise of delivering critical major infrastructure across the world will combine and complement VINCIs global capability in high speed rail and expertise in UK rail infrastructure projects.

The scope of works comprises extensive earthworks, ground engineering, viaducts and tunnels along a 90 kilometer stretch between the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel in the south to the West Coast Main Line tie-in near Litchfield in the north with a major junction into central Birmingham at Curzon Street.

Notice to Proceed marks a major milestone in Britains largest regeneration project which will create thousands of employment opportunities, dramatically increase rail capacity and support the economic growth of the UK.

Julian Gatward, Taylor Woodrow Managing Director said: I am proud that Taylor Woodrow are part of the team delivering this critical piece of national infrastructure.

Notice to Proceed comes in unprecedented times for us all, and brings with it the opportunity to provide certainty for many businesses up and down the UK and for us to continue investing in the skills agenda for the future of our industry.

Preparatory works are due to start imminently with main construction to commence in earnest in Q2 2021. All sites will be fully compliant with UK Government guidance for safe working practices in relation to social distancing.

At construction peak, a workforce of over 8,000 will be involved in delivering the scheme, many of whom will be locally employed. In addition, Balfour Beatty VINCI will offer approximately 400 apprenticeship and graduate opportunities.

The joint venture of Balfour Beatty, VINCI and SYSTRA was awarded the construction management contract for the c. 1 billion Old Oak Common station in 2019. Todays announcement brings the number of packages the company will deliver on behalf of HS2 to three.