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£95 million HS2 contract for HS2 Geotechnical Engineering

Keller Group PLC has said that its joint venture with foundation contractor Bauer Technologies Ltd has won a £95 million contract as a joint venture to deliver geotechnical work for the HS2 project.

The contract was awarded by EKFB; a joint venture of international infrastructure companies Eiffage, Kier Group PLC, Ferrovial Construction and BAM Nuttall. It is building the 80 kilometres C23 section of the new high-speed line between London and the West Midlands.

"BKJV is a return to our successful partnership with Bauer having previously worked together on the London Underground and Crossrail station projects. We're excited to bring our complementary geotechnical capabilities, experience and capacity to one of the most demanding and exciting transport projects in Europe.'' said Jim de Waele, president of Keller Europe.

In February, it was announced that a Keller Group and VSL International JV was awarded a £167M contract to deliver geotechnical work as part of the C1 package on HS2.

The C23 section consists of 80km of high-speed rail infrastructure, including 15 viaducts, over 80 bridges, 7km of green tunnels and 30 million cubic metres of excavation.

BKJV’s scope of work is to construct piled foundations for the structures, as well as the construction of secant piled and slurry walls and the installation of pressure relief drains.

BKJV has already completed initial preliminary pile testing works and teams are focused on a mobilisation to site to commence main works in April this year. The contract is expected to be completed in 2024.

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