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HS2: Balfour Beatty Vinci hires ex-Carillion MD

Former Carillion MD for infrastructure Mark Davies has been appointed as managing director for Balfour Beatty Vinci’s HS2 joint venture.

Mr Davies succeeds Mark Cutler, who is joining Van Elle to replace Jon Fenton as its chief executive.

Balfour Beatty Vinci is HS2’s contractor for lots N1 (Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel to Delta Junction / Birmingham Spur) and N2 (Delta Junction to the West Coast Main Line tie-in), worth a combined £2.5bn.

The JV is also bidding for further work including railway systems packages and the construction of Old Oak Common station, the total value of which is almost £4bn. 

It has been led by Mark Cutler since January 2017. Mr Cutler rejoined Balfour Beatty in 2016, having quit the contractor to join Keepmoat for a period in 2014.

Mr Davies has formerly worked for Alfred McAlpine, Birse Civils and Henry Boot Engineering.

Balfour Beatty said there would be a handover period between the two, before Mr Cutler joins Van Elle later this year.

Work on HS2’s £6.6bn civils deals is now expected to get under way seven months later than originally planned.

Readers' comments (2)

  • Think Carillion must have had at least 30 MDs from the looks of it. Seems everybody there was an MD, and maybe that was part of the problem.

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  • Good luck to Balfour Beatty Vinci in hiring a man who played his part in the biggest construction firm collapse in British history. Am struggling to understand what he will bring to the party. Late payments, poor margins and a culture of greed I expect.

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