EKFB contract, HS2

Bauer and Keller JV has bagged a contract to deliver ground engineering and foundational work along an 80km stretch of HS2

Bauer Keller JV signed off on the £95m deal with main works consortium Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall (EKFB), which is building the C23 section of the new high-speed line between London and the West Midlands.

The C23 section consists of 80km of high-speed rail infrastructure, including 15 viaducts, over 80 bridges, 7km of green tunnels and 30 million cubic metres of excavation.

BKJV’s scope of work is to construct piled foundations for the structures, as well as the construction of secant piled and slurry walls and the installation of pressure relief drains.

BKJV has already completed initial preliminary pile testing works and teams are focused on a mobilisation to site to commence main works in April this year. The contract is expected to be completed in 2024.

The return of a successful partnership

Michael Jones, managing director, Bauer Technologies, said: “After two and a half years of working collaboratively with EKFB in the planning phase of this project, we are excited to make a start in April on the main works of this section, for what is Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

“Bauer and Keller have great synergy and a similar culture which makes us perfect partners for each other.’’

Jim De Waele, Keller president, said: “BKJV is a return to our successful partnership with Bauer having previously worked together on the London Underground and Crossrail station projects.

“We’re excited to bring our complementary geotechnical capabilities, experience and capacity to one of the most demanding and exciting transport projects in Europe.”

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