Millcroft awarded five-year HS2 scaffolding contract

Millcroft has beaten strong competition to be awarded a five-year programme of scaffolding works for HS2 in central London.

Millcroft has beaten strong competition to be awarded a five-year programme of scaffolding works for HS2 in central London.

The contract will involve design, installation, adaptations and project management of access and safety scaffolding requirements.

Working for HS2’s Main Works Civils Contractor, Skanska Costain STRABAG JV (SCS JV), Millcroft will leverage the company’s extensive experience in the rail sector to provide bespoke scaffolding solutions for ventilation shafts, head houses, bridges, abutments and tunnelling works.

The full scope of works is yet to be finalised, but Millcroft’s in-house design department will work collaboratively with the client to understand the mission-critical programme and safety requirements at each site and deliver solutions aligned to the needs on construction and engineering teams.

Millcroft will establish a dedicated HS2 team in place for the project, including project management, design and logistics expertise. The move will enable the company to maintain an agile approach to answering the project’s changing needs as the work progresses, supporting industry-leading health and safety standards for SCS JV.

Millcroft has already taken on an additional 10 staff on-site, and are likely to recruit considerably more as the project continues.

The contract win builds on Millcroft’s wide-ranging track record on prestigious rail projects. The company was shortlisted in the Construction News Specialist Awards for its work on the cut line modifications to Euston Station as part of the HS2 terminus infrastructure. Millcroft was also shortlisted in the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Excellence (Project Category) in the 2021 Construction News Awards for the company’s work on the Crossrail Elizabeth Line terminus project at Paddington Station.

The company will also bring previous experience of working with large tunnel boring machines (TBM) to the new HS2 contract, having previously worked for the Align JV on HS2 infrastructure works with the ‘Florence’ and ‘Cecilia’ TBMs.

Billy Jones, managing director of Millcroft commented: “HS2 is the biggest rail project in Europe and the most important UK infrastructure investment in a generation, so we are delighted to be continuing to play a role in delivering this prestigious programme.

“Our experience in rail, and specialist knowledge of the challenges and safety considerations it involves, have been instrumental in our success in winning this contract. We will work closely with Costain Skanska Strabag to ensure we respond quickly to site requirements and are proactive in providing design expertise.”