UK’s Construction industry

Women in construction industry . foto: University of Salford

HS2 contracts to build the new high-speed HS2 railway between London and Birmingham, worth over £6.6bn have benn awarded by British government to construction companies CEK joint venture of Carillion, Eiffage, Kier, Balfour Beatty Vinci JV.

Area South

S1: Euston Tunnels and Approaches – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK, Costain, Strabag) – £740m

S2: Northolt Tunnels – SCS JV – £1.1bn

Area Central

C1: Chiltern Twin Tunnels (15.8km long) and Colne Valley Viaduct (3.4km) – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine) – £965m.

C2: North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK JV (Carillion, Eiffage, Kier) – £724m

C3: Brackley to South Portal of Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel – CEK JV – £616m

Area North

N1: Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty, Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Vinci Construction UK, Vinci Construction Terrassement) – £1.32bn

N2: Delta Junction to West Coast Main Line Tie-In – BBV JV – £1.15bn.

The building works will start next year on new stations, tunnels, embankments and viaducts on the London to Birmingham railway project. The civil engineering sector alone can create 16,000 jobs and other London based building companies are expected to subcontract building projects .

30 builders died last year on building sites across UK. The latest fatality happened on a building site in south-east London, Greenwich.

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