Kier has announced a Joint Venture (JV) partnership with Carillion and Eiffage, which will see the three major infrastructure partners hoping to bid on contracts to support the service delivery of the UK’s High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project.
All three companies have experience in the design, construction, operation, financing and maintenance of railway networks in Europe, including high speed rail systems and their associated infrastructure.
Kier is a major delivery partner on the £16 billion Crossrail project, Europe’s biggest current rail project, and has also delivered a wide range of major infrastructure projects across the UK. Carillion has delivered numerous major rail infrastructure projects and long-term rail maintenance contracts in the UK, including the construction and maintenance of Channel Tunnel Rail Link (High Speed 1), and French contractor, Eiffage is currently constructing the €3 billion Public Private Partnership Bretagne to Pays de la Loire project, one of Europe’s latest high speed rail projects, which is due for completion in May 2017.
Kier chief executive, Haydn Mursell, said:
“It is excellent to be able to bring together the combined talents and expertise of three major infrastructure partners, to provide a highly experienced delivery solution for HS2. The government has signalled its ongoing commitment to the project, in the recent Queen’s Speech and with today’s revisions to the HS2 hybrid Bill, so the formation of this joint venture is well timed to respond to the progression of what will be the country’s largest infrastructure project to date.”
Carillion chief executive, Richard Howson, said:
“We are delighted to announce the formation of this new joint venture that brings together three companies with world-class skills and resources, and an absolute focus on safety and quality, which will be required for the successful delivery of the High Speed 2 programme. We look forward to working together to support the delivery of HS2, which is a vital addition to the UK rail network.”
Eiffage chairman and CEO, Pierre Berger, said:
“Eiffage is looking forward to working with our UK partners, Carillion and Kier, bringing the latest design and construction expertise from continental Europe to support the successful delivery of this new High Speed Rail route that will stimulate growth in the UK economy in the way similar schemes are in Europe.”
The JV joins a number of other international businesses that have teamed up together to bid for work on the £50 billion scheme, and to date include:
- Vinci/Balfour Beatty
- Bouygues/Sir Robert McAlpine/Volker Fitzpatrick
- Laing O’Rourke Group/FCC Construcción/Murphy
- Ferrovial/Bam Nuttall/Morgan Sindall
Short-listed contenders for the first set of tenders are expected to be invited to bid in September.