Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA joint venture wins £1bn HS2 contract

CGI of Old Oak Common station when complete.

The Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA HS2 joint venture has been awarded the contract for the management, construction and delivery of HS2’s new £1bn Old Oak Common station.

The joint venture, in which Balfour Beatty has an equal 42% share with VINCI and SYSTRA a 16% share, will act as HS2’s construction partner, responsible for the delivery of the major complex Old Oak Common station in north west London. 

Works will include managing the design, construction and commissioning of 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 one of the UK’s best-connected stations, providing direct services to three major airports and eight of Britain’s ten largest cities. Old Oak Common will be 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.

Nigel Russell, project director for the Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA 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.” 

At construction peak the project will employ a direct management team of 140 and a wider workforce of approximately 2,500.  

This latest contract award follows Balfour Beatty VINCI’s appointment in 2017 to deliver Lot N1 and Lot N2 of HS2’s main civil engineering works package in a two-part design and build contract, valued at £2.5bn.

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