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Balfour Beatty and VINCI announce appointment of new MD for HS2 joint venture

Balfour Beatty VINCI has announced the appointment of Mark Davies as Managing Director for its HS2 Joint Venture.

Mr Davies will take on the role from Mark Cutler who leaves after a short handover period to take on a new opportunity outside of the Balfour Beatty Group. Mr Cutler led the Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture since January 2017.

Balfour Beatty VINCI, a long established joint venture between two global infrastructure leaders in the delivery of critical infrastructure projects, was awarded Lot N1 and N2, between the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel to Delta Junction / Birmingham Spur and from the Delta Junction to the West Coast Main Line tie-in, by HS2 in July 2017. Combined, these two contract awards are worth c. £2.5 billion.

The joint venture is also currently bidding for further railways systems packages and Old Oak Common station, valued at a combined total of c. £3.8 billion.

Mr Davies said: “I am thrilled to be leading the Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture team for HS2, to support the delivery of such an iconic major high-speed rail project across the UK”

Mr Davies is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, with over 30 years’ experience in the Rail, Highways, Water and Nuclear sectors. He began his career with Henry Boot Engineering, spent 17 years at Birse Civils, and joined Alfred McAlpine in 2004. In 2008, following their acquisition by Carillion he assumed a number of business leadership roles culminating in his most recent role as Managing Director of Carillion’s UK Infrastructure business.

Balfour Beatty and VINCI have over 30 years’ experience of working together with a successful track record in the delivery of high profile projects including The Channel Tunnel and a portfolio of current projects including Crossrail and the M4, M5 and M6 Smart Motorway package.

HS2 will create around 25,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships across the UK, as well as opportunities for supply chain partnerships and local enterprises. Once operational, the new high-speed line will boost capacity on the existing rail network and improve journey times between London, the West Midlands and further north.