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Bouygues' HS2 bid chief to lead UK business

The man who successfully led Bouygues’ HS2 bid has been appointed to head up its UK business.

Bouygues TP, the infrastructure arm of Bouygues Construction, has made Jérôme Furgé its executive director for business development in the UK.

The move is part of efforts to expand the French firm’s presence in Britain’s infrastructure market.

Mr Furgé is currently the company’s only UK director and will lead Bouygues TP’s operations here.

He takes on the role after two years leading the HS2 bid tabled by the Align JV comprising Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine. 

The Align JV scooped HS2’s £965m Chiltern tunnels to Colne Valley viaduct package for phase one in July.

Mr Furgé has experience delivering major projects in countries such as Ireland, Egypt and Hong Kong, as well as his native France.

He served as technical director on the €3.4bn Brittany-Loire Valley high-speed rail line and the €7.8bn Tours-to-Bordeaux line.

Bouygues TP is working with Laing O’Rourke under the BYLOR joint venture delivering the buildings that will house reactors at Hinkley Point C.

The firm was also chosen as the main contractor to build London’s Garden Bridge, before the £175m project was scrapped last year.

Mr Furgé said: “Winning HS2 as a team at Align was for me a fruitful and enrichening experience.

“In my new role, I look forward to building many long-term and successful relationships with future partners and clients in the industry.

“Bouygues Travaux Publics has developed an impressive series of leading-edge innovations and methodologies that my team and I plan to share with our UK colleagues in the long run.”

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