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Following the release of the latest design images for Old Oak Common – where HS2 meets London’s Crossrail line – it has been announced that Mace Limited and Dragados S.A. will be awarded the Euston contract, and Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets SAS and SYSTRA Ltd the Old Oak Common contract.
Already in London, more than 1,000 people are at work on site, clearing the way for the start of construction and delivering essential pre-construction works, including HS2’s pioneering archaeological programme.
The station Construction Partners will be responsible for working with HS2 Ltd and the station designers, to coordinate the delivery of the station including platforms, concourse and links to the London Underground and other rail services.
HS2 Chief Executive, Mark Thurston, said: “Euston and Old Oak Common are two of the most important elements of the project – two landmark stations which will help unlock tens of thousands of jobs and new homes across the capital. Together with our Birmingham stations, they will transform the way we travel and set new standards for design, construction and operation.
“Mace/Dragados and Balfour Beatty/VINCI have a strong track record of delivering some of the world’s most challenging and exciting infrastructure projects and I look forward to welcoming them to the London teams.”
HS2 Minister, Nusrat Ghani, said: “Euston and Old Oak Common will be catalysts for real change and regeneration, driving forward growth in their local communities while providing better journeys for passengers. I am confident that these leading construction firms will deliver iconic stations that are safe, accessible and open to all.”
At Euston, HS2 will more than double capacity, to deal with increasing passenger demand while freeing up space on the west coast mainline for more freight and local and long distance commuter services to places like Watford and Milton Keynes.
Mace and Dragados have a strong track record of delivering complex infrastructure projects including Battersea Power Station (phase 2), Mumbai International Airport Terminal Two and work on the Spanish high-speed rail network, including the major new Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants stations.
With platforms both above and below ground, Old Oak Common will be the UK’s best connected station, with direct services to three major airports and eight out of Britain’s 10 largest cities as well as London’s new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail).
Balfour Beatty and VINCI also have experience of complex construction projects, including the new Tours-Bordeaux TGV, Thames Tideway tunnel and the London 2012 Aquatics Centre.
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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