Engineering giant Jacobs has been named as the design partner for the Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine and VolkerFitzpatrick High Speed 2 joint venture.
Jacobs, alongside Anglo-French engineering firm Ingerop-Rendel, will lead the Align JV’s design team as it bids to win two of the seven phase one civils packages.
The Align JV has been shortlisted for four of the £11.8bn civils packages, including the £1.3bn Chiltern tunnels and Colne Valley viaduct section. HS2 procurement rules mean the consortium can only win a maximum of two packages.
Jacobs’ appointment comes just a month after it failed to secure the client-side engineering delivery partner (EDP) role for the £50bn scheme.
Jacobs, in partnership with fellow US engineering firm Bechtel, had been seen as a frontrunner for the HS2 engineering delivery partner role, but missed out on the £350m contract to a CH2M / Atkins / Sener JV.
Fellow unsuccessful EDP bidder WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff was revealed by Construction News as the design partner for the Laing O’Rourke / Murphy / FCC Construcción JV last month.
US-based Jacobs has significant high-speed rail experience, having provided engineering services for the line linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.
Most recently, it won the design contract for the $1.2bn (£830m) California High Speed Rail line that will link Los Angeles to San Francisco.
Ingerop is an engineering consultancy that has led on a number of high-speed rail projects in its native France, most recently the Bretagne-Pays de Loire line in the north-west of the country.
Ingerop took over UK design and engineering company Rendel last year.
Its most significant project in the UK saw it provide design support for a Balfour Beatty / Bouygues JV on the £470m Mersey Gateway Bridge in Liverpool.
Align director Jérôme Furgé said: “We welcome Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel to our consortium as hugely reputable engineering consultancies with international experience in high-speed rail design and also an excellent track record with major projects in the UK.”