High Speed Two (HS2), a company responsible for developing and promoting the UK’s new high-speed rail network, and a joint venture comprising Mace and Dragados have signed contracts for a terminus at London Euston as part of the £55.7bn HS2 railway project in the UK.
Acting as construction partner, the Mace/Dragados joint venture will work with HS2 and the station designers to coordinate the building of the new station, including platforms, concourse and links to London Underground and other rail services.
The appointment completes the major contractors at Euston and marks the end of a 19-month procurement process.
Previously, the two companies have delivered major infrastructure projects, including Battersea Power Station (phase 2), Mumbai International Airport Terminal Two, and work on delivering the Spanish high-speed rail network, including the new Madrid Atocha and Barcelona Sants stations.
Mace/Dragados JV will join HS2’s early works contractor, a Costain/Skanska joint venture (CSjv), which has over 1,000 people at work across the capital to prepare for the start of construction.
Demolitions have already begun at Euston, where the former carriage sheds north of the station and site of the tunnel portals have been cleared in 2018.
Two 1970s towers at the front of the station are being demolished and dismantling of the disused former National Temperance Hospital and IBIS hotel is now almost complete.
CSjv is also providing ecological work and utility diversions, as well as the project’s archaeological programme across the southern section of the route.
Twin bore tunnels will be constructed to take the high-speed trains west to a new Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common and onward to Ruislip on the edge of London. After the tunnelled section, the line continues to the West Midlands and the North.
In February 2018, HS2, on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail, appointed Lendlease to develop a masterplan for the wider Euston site, which could support up to 14,000 new jobs and 4,000 new homes, as well as shops, cafes and public spaces.
HS2 services will connect more than 25 destinations and 30 million people across the UK.
Trains will serve existing city centre stations in places such as Glasgow and Liverpool, and new purpose-built stations in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and the East Midlands.
Image: Aerial image of HS2 Euston works. Photo: Courtesy of Mace Group.