Rejig comes as railway unveils designs for new Birmingham viaducts

The Kier/Eiffage team working on HS2 has announced a rejig of its top team with the promotion of Peter Bimson as project director.

Bimson, who previously held the role of deputy project director and operations director, replaces David Lowery, who was last week poached by Galliford Try as its new operations director.

HS2 Delta Juncion viaducts

The Water Orton viaducts will link two branches of HS2’s route near Birmingham

The team, which also includes Bam Nuttall and Spanish contractor Ferrovial, said Bimson’s former role has been filled by former Eiffage project director Emmanuel Rossignol.

The JV is working on the section of the £100bn railway between the Chiltern Tunnel and Long Itchington on a deal worth £2.3bn.

Carillion, which collapsed three years ago this month, was part of the original team before Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial were drafted in last year.

Meanwhile, the project has unveiled the designs of two viaducts in Warwickshire which will be located at the section of the route known as Delta Junction which branches off in two directions, with one leg heading north towards Crewe and another curving to the west towards Birmingham.

The Weston Williamson-designed viaducts, which will be built near the village of Water Orton, will link the two branches and are needed to carry the railway across a network of existing motorways, roads and footpaths.

Engineers Systra and Mott MacDonald are working on the scheme along with plans for new wildlife habitats and landscaped public green spaces surrounding the viaducts.

The railway also announced that it is ready to start the main construction phase of a huge underground box close to the route’s Old Oak Common station in west London.

SCS Railways, another of the project’s main work contractors consisting of a JV between Skanska, Costain and Austrian tunnelling contractor Strabag, will build the Victoria Road Crossover Box following the completion of sheet piling at the site.

The 130m long, 24m deep space, which has the volume of 55 Olympic swimming pools, will allow trains approaching and departing from Old Oak Common station to swap tracks at speeds of up to 62km/h.

The Victoria Road site is also currently being prepared to launch the Northolt Tunnel boring machines which will bore 3.4 miles to the north west as part of the construction of the railway’s 8.4 mile Northolt Tunnel.

The site will also be the location of a 25m wide shaft which will provide ventilation and emergency access to the railway during operation.