HS2 C1 for client Align JV

Align JV
Maple Cross, west London
Jul 2020

We are providing a large and growing number of people to Align for HS2 C1.

Labour manager Nick Wells hands Krishan Sharma a go beyond award
Labour manager Nick Wells hands Krishan Sharma a go beyond award

Our people on the project are involved in building a temporary factory to manufacture the precast concrete lining segments for the Chiltern tunnels.

Our team includes general operatives, cleaners, drivers, fitters, electricians, slingers, gantry crane operatives and welders. They are supported by labour manager Nick Wells.

Most people are local, and we are helping them to upskill with experience and training courses. These include MEWP, harness, abrasive wheels and gantry crane training. As team members enhance their skills and the project moves forward, they will move on to new roles.

Shakeel Kalyan, a member of the warehouse team, won a value award from the project in June 2021 for “going beyond every day”.

Shakeel and Nick
Shakeel (L) and Nick

CSR manager Kimberley McGinty supports the project’s schools engagement work with online work experience sessions.

She has also worked with client Align to include the project in our Go Beyond the Gates programme to support ex-offenders into construction careers.

About Align

Align is a joint venture of Bouygues Travaux Publics (a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction), Sir Robert McAlpine, and VolkerFitzpatrick (a subsidiary of VolkerWessels). The JV was awarded the C1 package of HS2 in mid 2017. C1 includes a 21.6km section of the route, with

  • a 3.37 km viaduct
  • a 16.04 km twin-bored tunnel
  • five ventilation shafts.Align HS2 works at Maple Cross

There will also be a slurry treatment plant, which will process material that is excavated by the two tunnel-boring machines, Florence and Cecila.