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DEC 14, 2020

ASC joint venture agrees contract with EKFB for detailed design of civil engineering work on HS2

Arcadis leads the joint venture with SETEC and COWI (“ASC”) that will deliver detailed design for 80km of infrastructure in the Central Sections of the London to Birmingham leg of the HS2 project.

ASC commenced scheme design in 2017 as part of the early contractor involvement stage of design. During this early design stage, ASC created some innovative and sustainable design and engineering solutions as well as developing digital data-led assurance and performance management tools which help set the next stage up for success.

 The contract has now been agreed between ASC and our construction contractor client, EKFB (a consortium of Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall) for detailed design.  It is one of the largest contracts Arcadis has signed in the UK.

 Paul McCormick, HS2 Project Director at Arcadis, said:

 “After months of hard work it’s great to see we now have the contract in place to push forward into the next phase of this exciting project. It’s a tremendous opportunity for Arcadis and all our team to leave a lasting legacy we can all be proud of. We have built an excellent relationship with EKFB and HS2 and the completion and agreement of the contract gives us a great platform to move forward.”

 Richard Hoare, Managing Director for Rail at Arcadis, said:

 “Successfully negotiating this agreement is a great testament of the delivery-focus, collaboration and trust that has been developed within the ASC joint venture, with EKFB and with HS2.  I am sure we are all excited about playing our part in making this project a success and building something that we can be proud of together.  It goes without saying that we now need to bring the best of Arcadis to it and delivery on our promises.

 “We are very thankful to everyone who is working extremely hard on the project and trust the ‘schedule is king’ ethos we are instilling across ASC ensure we delivery on time for the next 2 years.”

 Andy Sloan, Managing Director, COWI in the UK, said:

 “We have worked on the project for over two years through development of scheme design and more recently detailed design and now that we've reached this important milestone, I can't wait to see the project take shape as construction of our designs begins.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of such a great joint venture that allows us to utilise our expertise from across the business.”

 Thibaut Lépingle setec international’s Chief Executive Officer said:

“Historically, setec group has always been involved in major infrastructure projects making the dream of “precursive” engineering a reality with projects such as  the Channel Tunnel  which brought Great Britain and Europe closer together or building one of the most “remarkable” viaducts in the world, the Millau Viaduct, with Architect Norman Foster and Eiffage Group. Setec now has a fantastic challenge participating in the Design Team of the most important European Infrastructure Project of the decade.   Our team is enthusiastic to continue the adventure which began three years ago.  As a part of the team, we deeply feel what Henry Ford said: “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.””

Chris Wiggan

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Chris Wiggan, Global Corporate Communications Director

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