UK: A joint venture of Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Systra has been selected to manage the construction and delivery of the High Speed 2 station at Old Oak Common in northwest London.
With six underground platforms for the high speed line and up to eight platforms on the Great Western Main Line, Old Oak Common will be a key interchange between HS2 and Crossrail, being served by direct trains to eight of Britain’s 10 largest cities and three major airports. Expected to cost around £1bn to complete, the station will also be a focal point for a major urban regeneration zone, which is expected to accommodate 25 000 new homes and up to 65 000 jobs.
Under the contract announced on September 17, the joint venture will be responsible for final design, construction and commissioning of Old Oak Common station. At the peak of construction, the project will require a management team of 140 people and a total workforce of approximately 2 500.
The 42:42:16 grouping brings together Balfour Beatty’s experience in construction of transport facilities across the world, Vinci’s experience in high speed line construction and Systra’s design and project management expertise. In 2017 Balfour Beatty and Vinci were awarded a two-part design and build contract valued at £2·5bn to deliver Lots N1 and N2 of the HS2 main civil engineering works package.
According to JV Project Director Nigel Russell, the latest award ‘reflects the combined strength of our joint venture and recognises our world-class capabilities. We look forward to applying our expertise to deliver this critical piece of national infrastructure’.