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Enabling works – Area central (HS2)

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In 2016, Fusion (a Ferrovial Agroman joint venture) was awarded the central section of HS2’s enabling works contracts. Along with the international expertise from the parent companies, Amey, (a subsidiary wholly owned by Ferrovial) will be supporting Fusion with delivery of the contract.






2016 - 2020


Option F (NEC)
Management Contract

The total section of the Phase One route is 225km and just under half of this route (102km) is occupied within the Area Central section which stretches from Gerrards Cross to Leamington Spa. The total value of the contract is £300m with work expected to run for a total of four years.

Fusion’s role is to deliver the essential preparatory grounds works, before the main construction programme commences. The scope of activity will range from ecology and environmental works, demolition, archaeology, utility diversions, and highway realignments.

These initial works are the first of many work packages. Preparatory activity over the coming months will be vast, with approximately 350 people from the team working across Area Central.

Additionally, the archaeological programme included within this preparatory activity is expected to be the largest ever undertaken in the history of Britain.


  • Work with subcontractors will be instrumental in the delivery of this contract. Throughout the duration of this project Fusion will be working closely with archaeological, ecological, and environmental specialists.
  • Engagement with local communities is a huge part of the project, as the landscape is relatively rural and work is concerned with protecting and harnessing local environments and species. The team work closely to inform and communicate with local stakeholders, on the impact of works within their area.


The team at Fusion worked closely with supply chain partners Temple, to develop a process which dramatically reduced the number of instances where permission to access land wasn’t successful. As a result of the new process, land access improved significantly which reduced programme delays and setbacks.


  • HS2 is currently the largest infrastructure project, with Phase One set to open in 2026
  • HS2 will be the new backbone of our rail network.
  • Once fully completed, around 345 miles of new high speed track will connect the city centres of London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.
  • The new line will include stops at Old Oak Common in West London, Birmingham and Manchester Airports and at Toton in the East Midlands between Derby and Nottingham.
  • HS2 will also be integrated into the East and West Coast Main Lines, so HS2 trains will cross over to the existing network and serve towns and cities in the North of England and Scotland.
  • This will open up access to the high speed network to around half the population of Britain and cut journey times between the North and the South.
  • Fusion is delivering the essential preparatory works to some 100km of the Phase One route
  • To date over 2000 surveys have been completed within Area Central
  • The contract is an environmental engineering project before main works begin in 2019

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