HS2: £40m fencing job up for grabs

Fencing specialists are being sought by a joint venture of main contractors working on HS2.

EFKB, which consists of Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial Construction and Bam Nuttall, has notified potential subcontractors of a fencing job valued between £30m and £40m.

The chosen firms will supply the materials and install permanent fencing, running 350km from the North Chilterns to Southam in Warwickshire.

Varied types of fencing will be installed under a contract that will begin in June 2023 and end in October 2025.

Boundary fencing stretching for around 220km will be installed, including a highway construction post and four rail-timber fences.

A high metal security fence will be set up for a length of 100km, at a height of 1.8 metres. A slightly taller metal security fence with three strands of barbed wire above will be built along a 30km stretch, at a total height of 2.13 metres.

Another 10km will be fenced by a security fence with 2.4 metres of metal height, 0.3 metres of concrete sill and three strands of barbed wire above.

Special fencing will also be provided to ensure ecological protection. This includes a metal fence with a cranked top for otter protection for about 10km and 2km of fencing at a 5-metre height for bat protection. Deer protection fencing will also be installed by the successful supplier, although the specifications have not been finalised. Gates in relation to the fencing will also be installed by the winning company.

Interested suppliers are asked to visit the CompeteFor portal.

The main civils work by EFKB for HS2 includes the construction of bridges, viaducts, road diversions and tunnels.

Earlier this year, the joint venture revealed it would be prefabricating the whole of the 880-metre-long Thames Valley Viaduct (pictured) before putting it together on site.

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