Initiative to be used by railway’s main civil engineering contractors

HS2’s main civils contractors have come together to streamline their supply chain management.

The firms will introduce a standardised pre-qualification system for subcontractors in order to reduce costs and boost productivity.

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The new common assessment standard will ensure that bidders looking for work with HS2’s four main civils contractors will go through identical pre-qualification processes.

Align, a joint venture made up of Bouygues, VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine, BBV, made up of Balfour Beatty and Vinci, the Eiffage and Kier team, and SCS Railways, a joint venture of Skanska, Costain and Strabag, have all agreed to use the new system.