Six shortlisted for HS2’s advanced construction contracts valued at £ 240m


HS2 has invited six companies to tender for Advanced Civil Works (ACW), a two-part construction contract for the Phase 2a route from the West Midlands to Crewe

The £ 240m construction contract divides work along the route into two separate packages, with one contractor providing work on the northern sections and a separate contractor providing work on the southern sections.

The invited bidders include:

  • BAM
  • Galliford Try
  • John Graham
  • Kier
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Skanska.

Given the similar size of the North and South contracts, bidders must bid on both contracts, but cannot win both packages due to capacity and resistance reasons.

The activity includes land assembly; Environmental Protection; Construction of transport routes and construction site connections as well as preparation of the route – all of this enables rapid mobilization and the start of the main construction work in summer 2024.

The winning bidder for the DDP package will work with HS2 Ltd to lead the delivery of the 36 mile route, including the management and coordination of key contracts for the delivery of the detailed design and construction of the railroad, the 17 viaducts, 65 bridges and tracks along the line stretching from Phase One in the Midlands to the southern outskirts of Crewe.

Work is scheduled to begin in autumn 2022.

Infrastructure that frees up capacity

Ruth Todd, Chief Commercial Officer of HS2 Ltd, said, “Our announcement today marks another significant step forward in the delivery of the next phase of the UK’s high-speed rail system, which will enable low-carbon transport for millions of people.

“The extension of the Phase 2a route to Crewe will support 6,500 construction jobs and create new infrastructure that will free up capacity on the West Coast Railway and reduce travel times along with an improved passenger experience.”

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