Eiffage and Kier receive Notice to Proceed for HS2, with their new partners, Ferrovial Agroman and BAM Nuttall

15 April, 2020

The Eiffage Kier joint venture, recently joined by two new partners Ferrovial Agroman and BAM Nuttall, is pleased that today (15th April), it has received Notice to Proceed (NTP) from HS2 Limited, enabling it to commence the full detailed design and construction of 80km of Phase 1 of the HS2 railway (the route from London – Birmingham).

Throughout construction of the project, the partners will deliver Lots C2 and C3 of the HS2 high-speed railway. This 80km section runs between the Chilterns to Warwickshire and includes 15 viaducts, 5km of green tunnels, 22km of road diversions, 67 overbridges and 30 million cubic metres of excavation. The total value of the section, including the design and development work already completed is £2,269m.

Construction works are expected to start later in the year.

Since the commencement of the design and development phase in 2017, the joint venture has conducted scheme design and some ground investigation works. This includes the creation of our innovative ‘Heave Monitoring Site’ near Warwickshire to assess ground movement. The site has also been used to develop a platform that ties together data from a multitude of independent systems to present integrated, real-time reporting and insights, which will significantly reduce cost, environmental impact and improve the productivity and safety of operations.

Eiffage Kier has trained 300 new entrants to the construction and engineering industry through its Training Hub sponsored by the CITB Construction Skills Fund and delivered by Bucks College Group. The courses are completely free and give people the qualifications to build a successful new future in the world of civil engineering.

The appointment of BAM Nuttall and Ferrovial Agroman will further strengthen the JV (35% Eiffage; 35% Kier; 15% Ferrovial Agroman; 15% BAM Nuttall) and increase the capacity of skilled workers on the central section of the project. Ferrovial Agroman brings 60 years of rail experience, the last 30 of which include delivering high speed rail schemes around the world, including construction of 25% of the Spanish network and maintenance of 55%. Additionally, BAM Nuttall and Ferrovial Agroman offer in-depth working knowledge of the route as they are currently delivering the central section of the HS2 Enabling Works as two thirds of the Fusion joint venture.

Andrew Davies, CEO at Kier, said: “We are pleased that the Government has confirmed NTP for the HS2 project, allowing us to progress onto the next phase of works in delivering this vital infrastructure project. We have been successfully delivering the design and development phase since 2017 and working with our new partners BAM Nuttall and Ferrovial Agroman alongside Eiffage we will collectively bring invaluable knowledge and expertise throughout delivery to play our part in the most sustainable high-speed railway of its kind.”

Benoît de Ruffray, Chairman and CEO of Eiffage: “Eiffage and its partners welcome the UK Government announcement for the new high speed line HS2. We are very proud to contribute to this project which has become possible thanks to the collaborative approach set by HS2 Ltd since 2017. Whatever difficulties countries are currently facing, we stay confident in the fact that we will overcome the crisis and successfully deliver this ambitious project.”

Stephen Fox, Chief Executive, BAM Nuttall said "The Notice to Proceed for HS2 is extremely positive news, particularly at this difficult time for the country. BAM Nuttall is proud to be involved in this transformational scheme and we look forward to bringing our expertise to this key infrastructure project. BAM Nuttall is delighted to be working in collaboration with Eiffage, Kier and Ferrovial and all other HS2 partners to deliver the inspirational vision set out by HS2."

Karl Goose, Managing Director, Ferrovial Agroman UK & Ireland: “This decision comes at an extremely important time for the UK. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to build on our HS2 enabling works experience and bring our expertise in infrastructure - high speed rail delivery in particular - to deliver further works for this vital scheme. This partnership is a deeply positive and definite step for us, our client, the supply chain and the UK, especially in light of the current global climate.”

Ends

For more information please contact Kirstin Armsden in the Kier PR team on 01767 355 869 or kirstin.armsden@kier.co.uk

Notes to editors

About Kier

Kier is a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services. We provide specialist design and build capabilities. The knowledge, skills and intellectual capital of our people ensure we are able to project manage and integrate all aspects of a project. Listed on the London Stock Exchange and with a network of UK offices Kier offers national coverage across all its core activities. With a turnover of £4.5bn, we work to deliver economic and social infrastructure which is vital to the growth of the UK.

About Eiffage

Eiffage is one of Europe’s leading construction and concessions companies. The Group’s activities are organised around the following business lines: construction, real estate and urban development, civil engineering, metal, roads, energy and concessions. Thanks to the experience of more than 72,500 employees, Eiffage generated revenues of €18.1 billion in 2019, of which almost 26% was outside France.

Eiffage completed in 2017 the construction of the Bretagne-Pays de la Loire project, one of Europe’s latest high speed rail line projects, which stretches 214kms and aims to greatly improve access to Western France. It has also delivered key projects including the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

About BAM

Royal BAM Group is one of Europe’s largest contractors, delivering exceptional engineering, design, construction, property management and investment services. BAM’s ten operating companies work globally in five European home markets and in niche markets worldwide. The Group turnover £7billion annually and is listed on Euronext, Amsterdam.

BAM employs approx. 20,000 people, who collaborate to support a diverse range of public and private sector customers, BAM has a worldwide reputation for building sustainable environments that enhance people’s lives – including rail, marine, tunnelling, highways, energy and water schemes. BAM enables the right people to capitalise on state-of-the-art knowledge, resources and digital technologies, providing solutions across the total construction life cycle. www.bam.com

BAM Nuttall, along with BAM Construct UK and BAM PPP in the UK, is one of Royal BAM Group’s ten operating companies. As well as creating sustainable solutions, that help modernise and improve civilisation, we aim to enhance the lives of our people and people in the organisations and communities we work alongside. We care about people and the planet as well as being a well-run profitable business BAM aims to achieve a net positive impact on society. www.bamnuttall.co.uk

About Ferrovial

Ferrovial Agroman manages major, complex, multidisciplinary design and construction projects around the world, in sectors including rail, highways, tunnels, marine, airports and energy. Established in this market since 2003, we design and construct some of the UK and Ireland’s most high-profile transport infrastructure projects. We have the strength and depth to deliver complex major projects in-house, drawing on international expertise and full asset lifecycle capability. We provide our clients with cost-effective, value-added solutions and responsibly design and build assets for people and places.

Ferrovial, a leading global infrastructure operator, is committed to developing sustainable solutions. It is a member of Spain’s blue-chip IBEX 35 index and is also included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good; all its operations are conducted in compliance with the principles of the UN Global Compact, which the company adopted in 2002.

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