18 Sep 2019
The Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA joint venture has won the construction management contract for the HS2 Old Oak Common station. The contract is worth around 1 billion GBP (1.13 billion euros | 1.25 billion USD).
In total the joint venture will deliver the final design, construction and commissioning of Old Oak Common station. This station will have six underground platforms as well as a maximum of eight platforms on the neighbouring Great Western main line.
Balfour Beatty is an expert in the construction of large transport terminals. VINCI, meanwhile, has expertise in constructing high-speed lines and in rail infrastructure projects in the United Kingdom generally. The final JV partner, SYSTRA, specialises in designing, integrating and project managing transport systems.
Overall, Balfour Beatty and VINCI both have a 42 percent share in the JV. SYSTRA’s share lies at 16 percent.
Located in north west London, Old Oak Common station will offer passengers direct connections to three airports and eight of the country’s ten largest cities. It is a key aspect of HS2, which should do much to improve rail capacity in the United Kingdom.
“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.”
During the peak construction period of this project it will employ a direct management team of 140. The total workforce will reach approximately 2,500.
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