HS2 has awarded a contract for the management of the construction and delivery of its new £1 billion Old Oak Common station to a joint venture of Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra.
The joint venture will be responsible for the final design, construction and commissioning of Old Oak Common station in North West London, delivering six underground platforms as well as up to eight platforms on the adjacent Great Western main line.
On completion, Old Oak Common station will become the UK’s best-connected station, providing direct services to three major airports and eight of Britain’s ten largest cities. It will also form part of one of Britain’s largest regeneration projects, which will help create up to 65,000 jobs and 25,000 new homes in West London while also dramatically increasing rail capacity across the UK.
The joint venture combines Balfour Beatty’s in-depth expertise of constructing critical major transport terminals across the world with Vinci’s knowledge in constructing high speed lines, as well as other UK rail infrastructure projects, and Systra’s expertise in designing, integrating and project managing transport systems.
Nigel Russell, project director for the joint venture, said: “This award reflects the combined strength of our joint venture and recognises our world-class capabilities in designing, managing and delivering complex infrastructure projects.
“We look forward to applying our expertise to deliver this critical piece of national infrastructure so essential to driving the skills agenda, to the rebalancing of the UK economy and to the enabling of a resilient and competitive construction and infrastructure industry.”
Balfour Beatty and Vinci have worked together before. The two companies were part of the TransManche Link consortium that built the Channel Tunnel. More recently, they were part of the BBMV joint venture that delivered two sections of Crossrail tunnels and, together, they have a contract for HS2’s Phase One route, spanning approximately 80km from Long Itchington in Warwickshire to the centre of Birmingham and on to Handsacre in Staffordshire.
At its peak, the Old Oak Common station project will employ a direct management team of 140 and a wider workforce of approximately 2,500.