HS2 has taken the next step towards building Phase 2a of Britain’s high-speed rail project, which will take it from Birmingham to Crewe, by inviting six bidders to tender for Advanced Civil Works (ACW), a major two-part enabling works contract.
The bidders are:
- BAM Construction
- Galliford Try Construction
- John Graham Construction
- Kier Construction
- Laing O’Rourke Construction
- Skanska Construction
The £240 million contract will be split between two contractors, with one delivering the works on the northern sections and a separate contractor delivering works for the southern sections. Work is due to begin in Autumn 2022.
Activities to be undertaken include:
- Land assembly: Possession, management and maintenance of HS2 land including installation of boundary fencing and security prior to handover to Main Civil Works contractors.
- Temporary works: Establishment of site compounds, plant crossings, access points, diversions and haul roads.
- Temporary structures: e.g. installation of some significant temporary works crossing existing railway and waterway assets to link up a series of haul roads.
- Utilities: Existing utility asset protection and providing temporary connections to works compounds.
- Site clearance and demolitions: Demolitions along the route and site clearance in advance of the Main Civils Works.
- Environmental: Including ecology and archaeological surveys, planting of new woodland and wildlife translocation to previously prepared new sites.
All of these will enable rapid mobilisation and the start of main civils works in Summer 2024.
Bidders must bid for both contracts, given the similarity of scope for the north and south contracts, but will not be able to win both packages as the work will be split for capacity and resilience reasons.
HS2 commenced the search for its Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner (DDP) in June, when it published its Pre-Qualification Questionnaire. The winning bidder will work with HS2 to lead the delivery of the 36-mile route, including managing and co-ordinating key contracts for delivering the railway’s detailed design and construction of 17 viaducts, 65 bridges and track along the route extending from Phase One in the Midlands to the southern outskirts of Crewe.
HS2 chief commercial officer Ruth Todd said: ““Our announcement today marks another significant step forward in delivery of the next phase of Britain’s high-speed railway, which will provide low carbon transport for millions of people.
“Extending the Phase 2a route to Crewe will support 6,500 construction jobs and deliver new infrastructure that frees up capacity on the West Coast railway and shortens journey times together with an improved passenger experience.”
The Advanced Civil Works contract is being tendered via the government’s existing Crown Commercial Services Construction Works and Associated Services framework.