Contractors for HS2, Mace Dragados, have started working on the Euston Station site in central London.
Mace Dragados were chosen as HS2’s construction partner for Euston Station in March 2019. Since then they have been working closely with HS2 Ltd to prepare for the early works. Euston Station will get a new concourse, platforms for the high-speed trains, and better connections to Euston and Euston Square Underground stations.
With possession of the Euston site having moved to Mace Dragados, they can prepare for the start of construction. For example, there is new welfare accommodation, ensuring that social distancing will be possible. The piling work for the basement wall of the station will start before large-scale excavations and substructure works get under way in 2021.
During the peak construction period at Euston, around 3,000 people will be working on the station – 1/10th of the crew working across the entire high-speed line.
“The construction of HS2 is rapidly increasing in pace and the handover of the Euston site to our construction partner Mace Dragados is another important milestone in the programme to build Britain’s new low-carbon, high speed railway.
“The progress in our work comes at a good time as we help support the British economy and construction sector as part of the post-pandemic economic recovery creating new jobs and providing contract opportunities.”
The search for suppliers to deliver more than 400 million GBP worth of work over the next two years will begin shortly. The project team will look for suppliers to fulfil contracts ranging from water treatment systems to lifts and escalator systems. These contracts will be advertised on the CompeteFor website by Mace Dragados and their subcontractors.
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