March 2020
Balfour Beatty Vinci JV
HS2 Birmingham Curzon St

We have a number of teams working for client BBV JV on enabling works for HS2 N1 and N2 sections near Birmingham.

We are providing multi-skilled operatives, traffic marshals, gangers, concrete finishers, slingers, crane supervisors, steel fixers, carpenters, foreman, groundworkers and plant operators. Our teams are supported by delivery manager James Burke and labour manager Kayleigh Boxley. We work collaboratively with partner Danny Sullivan Group to ensure all orders are swiftly and appropriately filled with the best possible candidates.

A number of our people have been promoted, including Adam Griffiths promoted to groundworker, Joga Singh promoted to ganger, Jonas Zienka promoted to steelfixer supervisor, and Russell Waters promoted to carpenter supervisor.

At Long Itchington, we have teams including steelfixers, carpenters and concrete gangs working on the STP (slurry treatment plant).

Ian Kerswell, Martin Stanier, Andrew Grey, Joe Sells
Ian Kerswell, Martin Stanier, Andrew Grey and Joe Sells are mechanical fitters and welders working on the STP

The tunnel boring machines mix water with the spoil to form slurry. This is pumped into the STP where it will be treated, so it can be re-used for landscaping in the area. There will be 1.5km of bored tunnel and 0.5km of cut and cover near Long Itchington Wood.

At Washwood Heath our delivery access managers (DAMS) are involved in creating the new rolling stock depot.

The new depot is on the spur which will run west into a new station at Curzon Street in Birmingham city centre. The station entrance will be next to Moor Street station.

The West Midlands section of HS2’s Phase One route covers 80km from Long Itchington in Warwickshire to the centre of Birmingham, and on to Handsacre in Staffordshire. The N1 section between the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel and the Delta Junction / Birmingham Spur is valued at £1.32bn.

Supporting local people

90% of our people live less than an hour’s travel distance from the project, which covers over 80km.

We work with Birmingham council to help people who are unemployed back to work. We also work with the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), taking part in careers events, as well as a Walsall Works career fair.

Training sessions to upskill the workforce have continued despite COVID. These included IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training on MEWP (mobile elevating work platforms), EUSR (Energy and Utility Skills) and SSSTS (Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme) training.

About BBV JV

BBV is made up of Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd and VINCI Construction Terrassement.

We have a long history of successfully supplying BBV, most recently on the M6, M5 and M4 smart motorway projects. (We have won 250 club awards on the M5 and M6, and won ‘sub-contractor of the month’ on the M4 in Nov 2019 and Mar 2020.) We have also supplied to both Balfour Beatty and Vinci on Thames Tideway, as well as several Crossrail projects.

For the West Midlands phase of HS2 BBV will build:

  • 42 viaducts totalling over 11km with 66 overbridges
  • more than 35 cuttings reaching over 30km
  • 56 culverts and other underbridges
  • 66 embankments reaching over 33km
  • four motorway crossings
  • six interfaces with the existing rail network
Top photo: 2020 at Birmingham Curzon Street by Geof Sheppard Feb 2020 CC SA 4.0