Our latest framework activity for HS2 infrastructure works has now begun in earnest, with Millcroft teams deployed at eight sites around Greater London. Our remit is to support the work of SCS Railways (Skanska Costain Strabag) and the consortium’s delivery partners as they create the infrastructure required for the largest rail project in Europe.
The current HS2 project is a rolling programme of work, anticipated to last for the next ten years, which involves providing an agile response to site access and safety needs across HS2 sites throughout London. It builds on our proud track record in working with the HS2 delivery partners, following our activity during the cutline works at Euston Station, where we designed and erected a 30m x 8m modular acoustic protection panel to provide protection against crowd surges or explosions, along with acoustic buffering.
With growing now working on site across multiple HS2 infrastructure project locations, we are working collaboratively with the client and their supply chain to facilitate small scaffolding works, alterations and adaptations as the construction and engineering work continues. Our project scope also includes temporary rolling shelters and roofs, staircases, walkways and independent access provision of varying sizes, responding to the unique challenges and layout of each site.
We have ringfenced dedicated skilled operatives and equipment to service the project, which often requires a rapid response to changing needs, aligned to the programme and progress on site. Our in-house design team is also heavily involved in the project to provide tailored solutions that meet exacting safety standards and overcome the spatial restrictions for each site.
Senior contracts manager, Darren Hayward, comments: “It’s a challenging project with so many live sites running concurrently, each of them with their own unique requirements and a need to respond rapidly to the client’s needs to keep their programme on track.
“But we thrive on projects like these at Millcroft. We know we can deliver a high-end solution in a high-pressured environment, and we have decades of experience in the rail industry to draw upon.
The scale and scope of the HS2 works is growing for Millcroft and we are now preparing for additional activity as part of our ongoing remit when the tunnel boring machines (TBM) start boring. Our teams are receiving specialist tunnel access training and confined space training to ensure we can continue to deliver a flexible and responsive service to the client while keeping our people safe.”