HS2 and a joint venture comprising Mace and Dragados have signed contracts to deliver the high-speed rail project’s landmark terminus at London Euston.

The joint venture will serve as a construction partner, working with HS2 Ltd and the station designers.

It will be responsible for coordinating the construction of the station, including concourse, platforms and links to the London Underground, as well as other rail services.

The appointment marks the completion of a 19-month procurement process.

The two firms had previously been involved with infrastructure projects such as Battersea Power Station phase 2 and Mumbai International Airport Terminal Two.

Mace and Dragados will join HS2’s existing early works contractor, a Costain and Skanska joint venture (CSjv), which has more than 1,000 people across the capital carrying out work for construction commencement.

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HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Mace and Dragados have a strong track record of delivering some of the world’s most challenging and exciting infrastructure projects and we’re delighted that they’re joining the HS2 team as our construction partner for Euston.

“Together, we will deliver a new landmark station that will be the London gateway to HS2, transforming the way we travel and setting new standards for design, construction and operation.”

“The contract signing marks the start of a close partnership that will last over a decade and transform one of the capital’s most important stations beyond recognition.”

On behalf of the Mace-Dragados joint venture, Mace COO for consultancy Jason Millett said: “The contract signing marks the start of a close partnership that will last over a decade and transform one of the capital’s most important stations beyond recognition.

“Combining Mace’s unbeatable knowledge of major infrastructure project delivery in the UK with Dragados’ world-class high-speed rail expertise, we are assembling one of the highest calibre teams in the country to deliver this bold and ambitious vision for Euston.”

In January, the first tower cranes arrived to help with the demolition of two 1970s towers at the front of the station. Meanwhile, the demolition of the disused former National Temperance Hospital and IBIS hotel is almost complete.

CSjv is also delivering ecological work and utility diversions, as well as the project’s archaeological programme across the southern section of the route.

Following the completion of the project, capacity at Euston will be more than doubled. This will enable growing passenger demand to be met while freeing up space on the west coast mainline for more freight and commuter services to places such as Watford and Milton Keynes.

Twin-bore tunnels will take the high-speed trains west to a new Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common and onward to Ruislip on the outskirts of London.

Once the line leaves the tunnelled section, it would extend to the West Midlands and the North of England.

In February 2018, on behalf of the Department for Transport and Network Rail, HS2 hired Lendlease to develop a masterplan for the wider Euston site, a move that could support up to 14,000 jobs.

HS2 services will link more than 25 destinations and 30 million people across the UK.

The trains will serve stations in cities such as Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, as well as the East Midlands.