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HS2 station bidders: How the JVs compare

With Construction News revealing the shake-up of bidders vying for the massive HS2 London stations contractsJack Simpson takes a look at the relevant experience of the joint ventures targeting a share of the £3bn station prize.

Balfour Beatty / Vinci / Systra

Bidding for Old Oak Common

Past collaboration

Since signing a strategic alliance to deliver major infrastructure projects across the UK in 2008, the Balfour Beatty / Vinci team has worked together on a number of big schemes. Notable projects in recent years include nearly £600m of smart motorways packages from Highways England.

And on Crossrail, Balfour Beatty and Vinci’s BBMV joint venture alongside Bemo and Morgan Sindall also scooped the £225m deal for Whitechapel and Liverpool Street station tunnels and the £110m Whitechapel main station works.

Vinci and Systra have a strong track record of working together in France. A 70:30 Vinci / Systra JV has the contract for the operation and maintenance of the Tours to Bordeaux high speed line in France. Former Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton is currently chief operating officer at Systra.

Station expertise 

In addition to their JV work on Crossrail, the two firms have a history of delivering station projects. Balfour Beatty is nearing the completion of its £130m Abbey Wood station redevelopment in south-east London.

It is also working as part of the alliance upgrading London Bridge and scooped the enabling works deal for the multi-million-pound redevelopment of Glasgow’s Queen Street station. Vinci’s subsidiary Taylor Woodrow meanwhile has landed a number of station deals across London. The firm worked alongside Bam Nuttall on the £250m redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road, and recently bagged the £18m contract to build the new White Hart Lane station.

What have they won on HS2 so far?

The joint venture, including Systra as design partner, has already bid for and won work on HS2. After missing out on all three enabling works packages last November, the Balfour and Vinci JV secured the largest share of the £6.6bn civils work on phase one of the line.

The JV won the packages covering Long Itchington Wood Tunnel to Birmingham Spur and Delta Junction to the West Coast Main Line, worth a total of £2.47bn.

Paddington station Crossrail CGI_569_N79

Paddington station Crossrail CGI_569_N79

Skanska / Costain

Bidding for Euston

Past collaboration 

Skanska and Costain have built a strong relationship throughout the delivery of Crossrail. The JV won a total of £376m of work across six contracts – the highest number won by a single joint venture. Prior to this, the companies worked together on a number of significant infrastructure projects including the M25 and High Speed 1.

Station expertise 

Costain / Skanska’s two biggest contracts on Crossrail revolved around the redevelopment of stations. The JV won the £110m main station works and fit-out deal for the upgrade of Bond Street, while also landing the main station and fit-out works for the redevelopment of Paddington (pictured).

Aside from the deals on Crossrail, the firms have also carried out significant station work as single entities. Most notably, Costain has been the main contractor on the major redevelopment of London Bridge while Skanska is currently the main contractor on the £430m revamp of Waterloo.

What have they won on HS2 

The Skanska / Costain JV has been a formidable force in the bidding for HS2 contracts so far. Last November, the JV bid for and won the southern enabling works for phase one, despite it being the only package it targeted.

Then, having brought on board Austrian contractor Strabag, the JV won two of the three phase one civils packages it bid for, scooping both southern civils packages worth a combined total of £1.7bn.

PERI Crossrail Farringdon 2

Crossrail Farringdon 2

Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial / Fluor

Bidding for Old Oak Common and Euston

Past collaboration

The Bam / Ferrovial / Kier joint venture was one of the most successful joint ventures on Crossrail, winning the highest amount of work with a total of £677m. This included the £472m contract for the Western Running Tunnels – the scheme’s second biggest project – and the main works and fit-out deal for Farringdon (pictured).

Station expertise 

The Farringdon deal was the largest stations contract to come out of the Crossrail programme. The JV had to build two new ticket halls at the station, as well as boring and delivering Farringdon’s platform tunnels.

As well as its role in the BFK JV, Bam Nuttall contributed to the main station works at Whitechapel in joint venture with Morgan Sindall and Vinci. This work came off the back of a number of station contracts with Transport for London, including the £250m upgrade of Tottenham Court Road and the £130m upgrade of Victoria – both alongside Vinci.

Fluor has global high-speed rail and stations experience, and has recently been picked to develop a new 390km high speed rail line from Dallas and Houston, including three new stations.

In October 2017 it was named as part of the consortium the $1bn Boston Green Line rail extension alongside Balfour Beatty, which would see it deliver seven new stations on the line.

What have they won on HS2 so far? 

Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial were part of the Fusion JV alongside Morgan Sindall which missed out on all four of the civils packages it bid for. Despite losing out on the civils deals, the JV does still have a presence on the HS2 delivery team as its phase one central enabling works contractor, paving the way for civils work to begin in 2019. Fluor did bid for the HS2 civils packages in JV with Spanish firm Sacyr, but did not get shortlisted for any of the packages.

Lakesmere Reading Station

Lakesmere Reading Station

Bechtel / Morgan Sindall

Bidding for Old Oak Common

Past collaboration

The Morgan Sindall / Bechtel partnership is a new one for the construction sector. Bechtel is largely known for its programme management capabilities in the UK but has begun to move into delivery with the upgrade of Vauxhall station and an HS2 phase one civils bid.

The two firms came across each other during the construction of Crossrail, with Bechtel operating as project delivery partner on the £14.8bn line and Morgan Sindall being one of the most successful firms on the programme, scooping £53m of work as a single entity and a share of £360m as part of JVs. The firms worked directly together as part of an integrated team on Pudding Mill Lane station.

Station expertise

Morgan Sindall was a key part of the BMV JV which won Crossrail’s £110m Whitechapel main station works deal. The contractor has picked up other station work, including a £20m contract from Network Rail to repair the roof spans at Paddington, a deal to help the redevelopment of Manchester Victoria station, while its JV with Costain landed the deal to deliver rail infrastructure works at Glasgow’s Queen Street and Waverley stations.

Bechtel has delivered large-scale station schemes both in the UK and globally. In the UK it is currently working on the upgrade of Vauxhall station in London and was the project manager for the £1.2bn Reading station area redevelopment (pictured). The firm was also part of the RLE consortium which project-managed the redevelopment of St Pancras.

What have they won on HS2 so far? 

It has been a mixed bag for Bechtel and Morgan Sindall on HS2. Bechtel lost out to CH2M to become the project’s £350m engineering delivery partner in March 2016 and was also unsuccessful in its bid to win the third central civils package. However, it was awarded the £170m phase two development partner contract earlier this year.

Morgan Sindall was also unsuccessful in bidding for some of the £6.6bn phase one civils deals, with its joint venture alongside Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial missing out on all four packages it bid for. Nevertheless, the JV was successful in securing the enabling works for the central section – the longest section of the line.

 

Mace Network Rail Birmingham New Street Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Mace Network Rail Birmingham New Street Project over 50 CN Awards 2016

Mace / Dragados

Bidding for Old Oak Common and Euston

Past collaboration

Mace and Dragados is a completely new joint venture to the construction industry. Nevertheless, the two firms have a track record of delivering and managing major infrastructure projects in the UK and around the world.

Dragados is part of ACS, the world’s biggest construction firm, and has been involved in high-speed rail schemes in Spain, Portugal and France. Mace is currently working with a number of the biggest infrastructure clients including Heathrow, EDF on Hinkley, and Highways England.

Station expertise

The two firms have won contracts for two of the country’s largest station projects in recent years. In 2015, Mace completed the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station (pictured). The five-year £750m refurb saw more than 3,5000 workers on across the project, while continuing to serve 170,000 passengers each day.

Dragados is currently delivering the £640m upgrade of Bank station. The completed project will include a railway tunnel and platform to accommodate the Northern line, step-free access throughout the station, and a brand new Cannon Street entrance.

What have they won on HS2 so far?

Mace has missed out on both development partner roles it has bid for so far on HS2.

In 2012 it lost out to CH2M for the phase one development partner role, and then again earlier this year it missed out on the phase two development partner deal. Dragados was part of the Momentum Infrastructure JV alongside, Hochtief and Galliford Try, which missed out on all four civils deals it bid for.

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