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Next phase of HS2 to Crewe accelerates with latest contract tender

HS2 Ltd has invited six bidders to tender for Advanced Civil Works (ACW), a major two-part enabling works contract for a new section of the high speed rail network extending from the West Midlands to Crewe.

The following bidders have been invited to tender for the contracts, which will deliver critical preparatory works along the recently approved Phase 2a section of HS2:

  • BAM Construction Ltd
  • Galliford Try Construction Ltd
  • John Graham Construction Ltd
  • Kier Construction Ltd
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd
  • Skanska Construction Ltd

Activity will include land assembly; environmental mitigation; establishment of haul routes and site compounds and preparing the trace of the line – all of which will enable rapid mobilisation and the start of Main Civils Works in Summer 2024.


The three year-long base price £240 million contract splits work along the route into two separate packages with one contractor delivering the works on the northern sections and a separate contractor delivering works for the southern sections. Work is due to begin in Autumn 2022.

Given the similarity of scope for the north and south contracts, bidders must bid for both contracts but will not be able to win both packages for capacity and resilience reasons.

Today’s announcement follows HS2 Ltd beginning the search for the Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner (DDP), when in June it published the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire for the £500m contract.

The winning bidder for the DDP package will work with HS2 Ltd to lead the delivery of the 36-mile route, including managing and co-ordinating key contracts for delivering the railway’s detailed design and construction, which includes 17 viaducts, 65 bridges and track along the route extending from Phase One in the Midlands to the southern outskirts of Crewe.

HS2 Ltd chief commercial officer, Ruth Todd said: “Our announcement today marks another significant step forward in delivery of the next phase of Britain’s high speed railway, which will provide low carbon transport for millions of people.

“Extending the Phase 2a route to Crewe will support 6,500 construction jobs and deliver new infrastructure that frees up capacity on the West Coast railway and shortens journey times together with an improved passenger experience.”

The Advanced Civil Works contract is being tendered via the Government’s existing Crown Commercial Services Construction Works and Associated Services framework.

Components of the requirements of the Advanced Civil Works include:

  • Land assembly: Possession, management and maintenance of HS2 land including installation of boundary fencing and security prior to handover to Main Civil Works contractors. 
  • Temporary works: Establishment of site compounds, plant crossings, access points, diversions and haul roads. 
  • Temporary structures: e.g. installation of some significant temporary works crossing existing railway and waterway assets to link up a series of haul roads.
  • Utilities: Existing utility asset protection and providing temporary connections to works compounds.
  • Site clearance and demolitions: Demolitions along the route and site clearance in advance of the Main Civils Works.
  • Environmental: Including ecology and archaeological surveys, planting of new woodland and wildlife translocation to previously prepared new sites.

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