£95m HS2 Bauer/Keller foundation jobs win

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A joint venture between Bauer and Keller has been awarded a huge contract to deliver geotechnical work on a 80km stretch of HS2 between the Chilterns and Warwickshire which tackles 15 viaducts, over 80 bridges, 7km of green tunnels.

The joint venture has been formally signed off today, the £95m deal today with C2 and C3 section main works consortium Eiffage, Kier, BAM Nuttal, Ferrovial Construction. At the hight of  production the contract will require over 200 highly skilled experts in ground engineering, excavations and foundations, working in a number of varied site locations.

The deal which was signed of is another coo for Keller which in joint venture with Bouygues-owned VSL International also has secured £167m of geotechnical work for C1 section main contractor Align – made up of Sir Robert McAlpine,Bouygues and VolkerFitzpatrick.

The C2 and C3 section will include building 15 viaducts, over 80 bridges, 7km of green tunnels and 30 million cubic metres of excavation, the contract is expected to be completed in 2024.

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

Jim De Waele, Keller President Europe, commented saying that: “BKJV is a return to our successful partnership with Bauer having previously worked together on the London Underground and Crossrail station projects.”
Michael Jones – Managing Director, Bauer Technologies commented saying that: “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 on the main works of this section.”