ALIGN Joint Venture awarded key HS2 Lot

VolkerFitzpatrick, as part of the ALIGN joint venture with Bouygues Construction and Sir Robert McAlpine, has today been awarded the £965m Chilterns Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct main works civils contract by HS2. This is a key section of Phase One of the HS2 high-speed rail network between London and Birmingham.


The ALIGN JV, together with our design partners, Jacobs and Ingerop, will be responsible for the design and build of the main civils works of the 22km section of the high-speed rail line, running between the Colne Valley and the Chilterns.

During the first stage of the contract, ALIGN will complete the scheme design, produce the construction programme and launch its key procurement activities. Following Stage One – which is expected to last for a 16-month period, HS2 will issue notice to proceed with Stage Two, including the implementation of detailed design and constructions works.


The ALIGN partners have an impressive, and successful track record of major project innovation, design and construction. They have worked closely together for over two years to consolidate their collaborative culture, and their corporate values and practices so as to stand ready and able to deliver for HS2.

The Chairman of the board of ALIGN, Geoff French said: ‘We are delighted that our team’s passion for HS2 and their boundless dedication have been so remarkably rewarded. We are now proudly part of a transformational project that will be a catalyst for growth for the UK, with a mandate by HS2 Ltd and our government to demonstrate outstanding industry standards to the world, but most importantly to leave a proud legacy for Britain’s future.’

VolkerWessels UK’s CEO, Alan Robertson said: ‘This contract award highlights VolkerFitzpatrick’s drive and ability to work collaboratively within the ALIGN joint venture to deliver such a prestigious legacy programme.’

Chris Evans, managing director of VolkerFitzpatrick, civils division said: ‘This successful result has been a culmination of a number of years of hard work and dedication from the whole of the team and we are proud to be part of a nationally transforming project for the future of the industry’.