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HS2: Nine bidders shortlisted for seven civil engineering works packages worth £11.8bn

High Speed 2 has shortlisted nine bidders for up to £11.8bn of civil engineering work.

Bechtel has been shortlisted for one package as a sole bidder, while eight joint ventures have been shortlisted for a total of seven works packages (see box).

HS2 has also started formal tendering with all seven of the shortlisted bidders announced in December for the £900m enabling works.

The work will include preparing sites for the start of construction and carrying out preconstruction activity such as utilities diversions and archaeological surveys.

Civil engineering contracts covering the 140 miles from London to Birmingham are expected to be signed in 2017, with the start of work on site one year later.

There is no place for US engineering and construction giant Fluor, which had teamed up with Spanish contractor Sacyr to bid for work.

Of the seven works packages, the Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction / Birmingham Spur package has the potential to be most lucrative at up to £1.5bn.

Four teams will fight it out for that contract: BBV; Fusion; LFM; and SCS (see full list below).

Bechtel is the only company not in a joint venture to be shortlisted. It is in the running for one package, the Brackley to Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel south portal (£600m-£900m).

ASL, the joint venture between Acciona, Lagan Construction Group and Sisk, has also only been shortlisted for that works package.

Who will win?

Read our runners and riders analysis on the shortlisted bidders and their high-speed rail and joint venture experience.

Civil engineering shortlisted teams:

Works packages:

  • Lot S1 – Euston tunnels and approaches (£600m-£900m)
  • Lot S2 – Northolt tunnels (£850m-£1.4bn)
  • Lot C1 – Chiltern tunnels and Colne Valley viaduct (£800m-£1.3bn)
  • Lot C2 – North Portal Chiltern tunnels to Brackley (£800m-£1.3bn)
  • Lot C3 – Brackley to Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel south portal (£600m-£900m)
  • Lot N1 – Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel to Delta Junction / Birmingham Spur (£900m-£1.5bn)
  • Lot N2 – Delta Junction to West Coast Main Line tie-in (£800m-£1.3bn)

HS2 said the teams that “deliver the best results in terms of value and efficiency will be eligible to bid for work on an additional 40 miles between Birmingham and Crewe, due to open in 2027”.

The HS2 Bill is also due to return to the Commons today, Wednesday 23 March, for the latest vote in the legislative process, before moving on to the Lords.

Royal assent is expected at the end of the year, with the start of construction in 2017.

HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Today’s announcements are a major milestone for the project. Over the next 10 years HS2 will help create tens of thousands of job opportunities, build specialist skills and expertise across the country and create at least 2,000 new apprenticeships.

“Collaboration will be at the heart of everything we do. Together with our suppliers, we will create these opportunities while continuing to push for the best value and long-term efficiency that will be essential to delivering this transformational project on time and on budget.”

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “This major moment in the procurement process takes us a step further to getting spades in the ground next year, so construction can begin on this vital railway.”

HS2 has also begun procurement for nearly two million native trees for advance planting and up to five million more to be bought in the next 10 years.

The contracts are expected to be signed in the autumn.

HS2 Ltd has also published details of engineering design work worth up to £500m for developing the detailed plans for phase two, including Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds, ahead of a formal route decision on phase two, expected in the autumn.

Applicants are expected to be shortlisted in the summer, with the successful bidders appointed once the route has been announced. Additional work covering stations and railway systems will follow next year.

In total, the first phase of the project is forecast to create 14,600 construction jobs and apprenticeships.

HS2 Ltd confirmed this month that a joint venture between Atkins, CH2M and Sener had been picked as its engineering delivery partner for phase one of the £55bn rail line.

Tenderer Name Parties (where a Consortium or Single Party, where applicable) Tender List(s)

Align Joint Venture

Bouygues Travaux Publics


Sir Robert McAlpine

Lot S2

Lot C1

Lot C2

Lot C3


Acciona Infraestructuras S.A.

John Sisk & Son (Holdings)

Lagan Construction Group

Lot C3

Balfour Beatty VINCI BeMo (BBV)

Balfour Beatty Group 

VINCI Construction Grands Projets

VINCI Construction UK

VINCI Construction Terrassement

BeMo Tunnelling GmbH

Lot C1

Lot C2

Lot N1

Lot N2



Lot C3

Carillion-Eiffage-Kier (CEK) 

Carillion Construction

Eiffage Genie Civil 

Kier Infrastructure and Overseas

Lot S1

Lot S2

Lot C2

Lot C3


Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure

BAM Nuttall Limited

Ferrovial Agroman (UK) 

Lot S1

Lot S2

Lot N1

Lot N2


Laing O’Rourke Construction

FCC Construccion

J. Murphy and Sons 

Lot C1

Lot N1

Lot N2

Momentum Infrastructure

Dragados S.A.

HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH

GallifordTry Infrastructure 

Lot S1

Lot C2

Lot C3

Lot N2


Skanska Construction (UK)



Lot S1

Lot S2

Lot C1

Lot N1

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