Balfour Beatty JV wins contract for HS2’s £1bn Old Oak Common station in UK

WCN Editorial Team 18 Sep 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

High Speed Two (HS2), a company that is developing and constructing the UK’s new high-speed rail network, has awarded construction management contract to Balfour Beatty/Vinci/Systra joint venture for the new £1bn Old Oak Common station in the UK.

Set to become a London ‘super-hub’, the Old Oak Common Station will be located on the site of the existing Old Oak Common railway depot (GWR and Heathrow Express), south of Willesden Junction Station.

Under the contract, the joint venture will be responsible for the final design, construction and commissioning of Old Oak Common station.

The project comprises six underground platforms as well as up to eight platforms on the adjacent Great Western Main Line.

Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra joint venture project director Nigel Russell said: “This award reflects the combined strength of our joint venture and recognises our world-class capabilities in designing, managing and delivering complex infrastructure projects.

“We look forward to applying our expertise to deliver this critical piece of national infrastructure so essential to driving the skills agenda, to the rebalancing of the UK economy and to the enabling of a resilient and competitive construction and infrastructure industry.”

Planned for completion in 2026, the Old Oak Common station will provide direct services to three major airports, eight of Britain’s ten largest cities and as forms part of a wider plan to create the best-connected rail interchange in the UK.

The project is expected to create approximately 2,500 jobs during the construction phase and employ a direct management team of 140 people.  

The station, designed by a team led by engineering professional services consulting firm WSP and architects WilkinsonEyre, is expected to be the UK’s best-connected rail interchange, with nearly 250,000 people passing through every day.

A new public park will be built above the platforms. The green space could include water features and outdoor event spaces.

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Image: Artist impression of the Old Oak Common station in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty.

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