Exclusive: Some of the UK’s biggest contractors have formed joint ventures to bid for deals to deliver London’s two planned HS2 stations, worth a combined total of £3bn.
CN understands three new JVs have been formed: Laing O’Rourke is to bid with with Canary Wharf Contractors and Hong Kong’s MTR; Mace joins forces with Spanish-based Dragados; and Bechtel partner with Morgan Sindall.
They will compete against a number of teams that also bid for the £6.6bn phase one civils deals together: Skanska / Costain; Balfour Beatty / Vinci; and Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial.
HS2 contractor bid teams for London stations
- Balfour Beatty / Vinci
- Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial
- Bechtel / Morgan Sindall
- Laing O’Rourke / Canary Wharf Contractors / MTR
- Mace / Dragados
- Skanska / Costain
Bidders will compete for the £1.3bn deal to build a brand new station at Old Oak Common in west London, and the £1.7bn contract to redevelop Euston station by 2026.
Laing O’Rourke, having partnered with Murphy and FCC on its phase one civils bid, is understood to be bidding for the London stations alongside Canary Wharf Contractors and MTR.
Canary Wharf Contractors’ presence on the JV comes as its parent company Canary Wharf Group awaits for the outcome of its bid for Euston’s Master Developer Partner contract, which will be awarded in the early part of 2018.
It is also understood that Mace will team up with Spanish contracting giant Dragados to bid for the station deals.
Both firms have been unsuccessful in bidding for HS2 work in recent months.
Mace notably missed out on the phase two development partner contract eventually to Bechtel, while Dragados’ Momentum JV with Hochtief and Galliford Try failed to win any of the four phase one civils packages it bid for.
The third new team formed to bid for the HS2 stations contracts is Bechtel and Morgan Sindall.
Both firms were unsuccessful in bidding for their respective phase one civils packages – Bechtel as a sole bidder on just one package and Morgan Sindall as part of the Fusion JV, which included Bam Nuttall and Spanish firm Ferrovial.
Despite missing out on the £6.6bn civils work, the Fusion JV is currently working as the enabling works contractor for the central section of phase one.
Several teams that bid together for the civils packages are teaming up once again for a slice of the London stations contracts.
Skanska / Costain previously won the southern section enabling works package, as well as two of the phase one civils packages alongside partner Strabag.
Balfour / Vinci are continuing their successful partnership, which scooped the biggest share of the £6.6bn civils work.
Their JV won both northern packages on the line between London and Birmingham, worth a combined total of £2.47bn.
The final JV in contention is Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial, which also made up two-thirds of the Fusion JV alongside Morgan Sindall.
While Fusion failed to land any of the phase one civils contracts, it did secure one of the three phase one enabling packages worth a total of £900m.
Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial also worked together on Crossrail, where they landed the second biggest contract – the Western Running Tunnels deal – in a JV with Kier.
The six teams have now submitted their PQQs for HS2’s £3bn London stations deals, with the shortlist expected in the last week of January.
The joint ventures will be able to bid for both the Euston and Old Oak deals, but will only be permitted to win one of the station packages due to the size.
HS2 will use a construction partner contract model for the southern stations contracts, which sees the client take on the risk and the successful contractors bear responsibility for programme management as well as procuring, integrating and managing the projects’ complex supply chains.
HS2 will award the construction contracts for Birmingham stations – Birmingham Curzon and Birmingham Interchange – in the second quarter of 2020.
It was revealed that Arcadis, Arup and WSP would battle it out for the £98m Euston design contract, while Arup, Mott MacDonald, WSP and Team OOC – a joint venture between Jacobs, BuroHappold and Idom Merebrook – were shortlisted for the £70m Old Oak Common design role.
All JVs have been contacted for comment. HS2 declined to comment.