Pair’s two civils deals worth £5bn

The Balfour Beatty Vinci joint venture working on the first phase of HS2 has appointed a new managing director.

Michael Dyke has been named as the managing director, responsible for providing strategic leadership for the delivery of its HS2 main civil engineering contracts between the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel to the West Coast Main Line tie-in. 

Michael Dyke

The two contracts are worth a combinded total of £5bn.

Dyke (pcitured) was an executive director at Skanska since 2018 and has also been the chief executive for eight2O, the water alliance that brought together Thames Water and seven other contracting and consulting businesses.

The Balfour Beatty/Vinci joint venture received notice to proceed last month, meaning the main civil engineering work can now get underway.

Balfour Beatty and Vinci, along with French transport expert Systra, have also been handed the £1bn contract to build HS2’s Old Oak Common station in London’s west.