Contract awarded for critical services at HS2’s West London station

A contract has been awarded to Anthro to deliver the mechanical, electrical, public health, fire and communications systems at the new HS2 station at Old Oak Common in West London.

These critical turn-key services will be delivered by in an equal partnership with Egis and VVB Engineering.

The contract takes advantage of Egis’ in-depth expertise in delivering turn-key solutions for major infrastructure projects and VVB Engineering’s extensive self-delivery capability in mechanical, electrical, fire and telecommunications systems.

Old Oak Common station visualisation. // Credit: Transport for London

To minimise risk and reduce embodied carbon throughout the entire programme lifecycle, a “Design for Life” strategy will be used that takes a systems-led approach that aligns with Transforming Infrastructure Performance 2030 goals.

Balfour Beatty, VINCI, and SYSTRA, the BBVS consortium joint venture, sub-contracted the project to Anthro as part of its final design, construction, and commissioning of the new Old Oak Common station.

The project has already started, and completion is scheduled for late 2029 with HS2 services between Old Oak Common and Birmingham, starting between 2029 to 2033.

HS2 trainHS2 train // Credit: Hitachi

Old Oak Common station is being built on the site of the former Old Oak Common railway depot. Until the opening of HS2 to Euston it will be HS2’s London interchange station and has been developed as a single, fully integrated station to provide connectivity between HS2 and existing lines to central London, Heathrow Airport, the West of England and Wales, the West Midlands and the North of England.

Xavier Odolant, Consulting & Operations Director for Egis in the UK, said: “We are excited to embark on this project with VVB Engineering, alongside a remarkable group of partners, to contribute to the creation of one of Europe’s most connected stations. This project marks the convergence of our transportation and consulting and operations business lines, allowing us to harness our collective expertise for the delivery of this flagship infrastructure project.”

HS2's Atlas Road Logistics Tunnel breaks through into Old Oak Common BoxHS2’s Atlas Road Logistics Tunnel breaks through into Old Oak Common Box. // Credit: HS2

Andrew Jellis, CEO for VVB, said: “We are looking forward to working with both our partners Egis, and clients BBVS and HS2 on this scheme. The Anthro team has worked hard to establish a values-led, output focussed strategy for delivering Old Oak Common and VVB are excited to be a part of this nationally significant project. “

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