Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

  • You are here:HS2

HS2 delays awarding £900m enabling works contracts by two months

Contracts for High Speed 2’s £900m enabling works packages will be awarded at the end of October, nearly two months later than first planned.

The awarding of the packages was initially intended for this month but sources told Construction News back in July that this had been pushed back until at least September.

Earlier this week, Construction News reported that the award date had slipped again by a month and Construction News understands this will not happen until late October.

The works will be split into three packages for the north, south and central sections of the line between London and Birmingham.

Firms bidding for the works were shortlisted last December and include teams made up of some of the UK and Europe’s biggest contractors (see list).

The news comes in the week that HS2 shortlisted consultants for £520m of work on phase two of the line.

Who has won what on HS2 so far? See Construction News’ breakdown of all HS2 contract awards, shortlists and future contract opportunities

Four teams will battle it out for the £350m professional services contract, while three will be vying for the £170m programme development partner role.

The awarding of £900m enabling works contracts will come ahead of preferred bidders being selected for £11.8bn-worth of civils packages – expected in the spring.

Construction News understands HS2 will spread the returning of the ITTs for the seven packages over three months, with the first tranche of ITTs expected at the start of October and the last tranche in early December.

A spokesperson for HS2 Ltd said: “HS2 Ltd will award the enabling works contracts this Autumn.

“We are currently in the process of completing our governance and assurance requirements, which is standard practice for contracts of this size and value.

“HS2 remains on schedule to start construction in 2017.”

Lot 1 (south)

  • BBV JV (Balfour Beatty, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement)
  • CEK JV (Carillion Construction, Eiffage Travaux Publics, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas)
  • Costain Skanska JV (Costain, Skanska Construction)
  • LM (Laing O’Rourke, J Murphy & Sons)
  • Morgan Sindall / Bam / Ferrovial JV (Morgan Sindall, Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman)

Lot 2 (central)

  • Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morrison Utility Services, VolkerFitzpatrick)
  • BBV JV (Balfour Beatty, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement)
  • CEK JV (Carillion Construction, Eiffage Travaux Publics, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas)
  • LM (Laing O’Rourke, J Murphy & Sons)
  • Morgan Sindall / Bam / Ferrovial JV (Morgan Sindall, Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman)

Lot 3 (north)

  • BBV JV (Balfour Beatty, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement)
  • CEK JV (Carillion Construction, Eiffage Travaux Publics, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas)
  • Momentum Infrastructure (Galliford Try Infrastructure, Hochtief Infrastructure, Dragados)
  • LM (Laing O’Rourke, J Murphy & Sons)
  • Morgan Sindall / Bam / Ferrovial JV (Morgan Sindall, Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman)

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.