Bidding Opened Today on HS2 Package Worth £1.1bn
The first of seven major packages worth a total of £11.8bn was opened today by the Chancellor.
The industry’s major players have already joined up to form bidding consortia, many of which are international construction giants, as well as several major French and Spanish Engineering Giants.
The latest bidding consortia includes;
- Carillion, Kier, Eiffage
- Balfour Beatty, Vinci
- Align – Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine, Volker Fitzpatrick
- Acciona, Sisk, Lagan
- LFM – Laing O’Rourke Group, FCC Construction, Murphy
- Ferrovial, Morgan Sindall, Bam Nuttall
- Dragados, Hochtief, Galliford Try
- Costain, Skanska, Strabag
The bidding process begins with a pre-qualification questions for the main civils work for phase 1, and at this stage suppliers are able to express an interest in all seven packages. Applicants which are successful at the PQQ stage will then be invited to bid for up to four of the packages at tender, although the maximum number of packages that can be won is two per tenderer.
The investments in the project are of course excellent news for the construction industry as a reported 25,000 jobs will be created during the construction phase, and a further 3,000 following commissioning once the trains are up and running in 2026.