Blackwell has provided HS2 Ltd with earthmoving advice and support since 2012 during the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Hybrid Bill stages as a sub-consultant to Professional Services Consultants Atkins and Mott MacDonald.

In the summer of 2018, Blackwell entered into an exclusive strategic partnership (ESP) with the Main Works Civils Contractor, the Eiffage-Kier (EK) Joint Venture, for the C2 and C3 sections of Phase 1 to develop the earthmoving strategy for this 80km stretch of the proposed route.

Following the successful ESP contract, Blackwell has been delivering  15M cu m of bulk earthworks consisting of deep cuttings, stabilised embankments, and ground improvement to mitigate the unique ground stability challenges that would arise from a train moving at 360km/h since 2019.

Additional works include stabilisation and earthworks on temporary works facilities, including compounds, access roads and batching plant yards. To read more about our HS2 engagement, click here.

HS2 Heave Trial

As part of our Earthworks Strategic Partnership with Eiffage Kier Ferrovial Bam (EKFB) on the C2 and C3 sections of HS2 Phase One, we were appointed to undertake the earthworks for the UK's first 'Heave Trial' in the spring of 2019. To read more about our work on the Heave Trial, Click Here.