Yorkshire Off-Site Construction Firm Wins HS2 Contracts

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Yorkshire Off-Site Construction Firm Wins HS2 Contracts

Yorkshire Off-Site Construction Firm Wins HS2 Contracts

Off-site construction specialist Premier Modular, based in East Yorkshire, has been awarded multi-million-pound contracts to support the build-out of HS2.

Insider media reports that the company will be providing project offices and welfare facilities for 15 locations along with the first phase of the HS2 route that will link London and Birmingham.

500 bespoke modules will make up over 15,000 square metres of buildings, which will be manufactured at the Brandesburton site in East Yorkshire, seven miles from Hornsea, before being transported south for the 26.4km stretch of the development closest to the southern terminus at Euston.

The contracts were awarded by the Skanska Costain Strabag (SCS) joint venture and will feature open-plan offices, meeting rooms, break-out spaces, showers, drying rooms, toilets, first aid rooms, and canteens, all to be delivered and completed this year.

David Harris, Premier’s managing director, said: “We are delighted to be contributing to this important infrastructure project. As a Yorkshire business, we know just how critical HS2 is to rail projects in the North and how it will help to rebalance the UK economy.

“Our aim is to provide the best quality office and welfare facilities in the construction sector. We were able to offer building solutions to SCS to suit a wide range of sites. On each project, we are working to short programmes and on some highly constrained sites near to live railway lines.”

He added that Premier has invested £12 million in its hire fleet within the last 12 months, and expanded its workforce with an additional 100 people to meet the rising demand for the firm’s building services, of which the HS2 projects play a significant part.

Each of the planned sites will be installed complete with low energy lighting, air conditioning, fire and security alarms, toilets, partitions, and doors, and they will be in use for a minimum of five years, and feature sustainability measures such as rainwater harvesting to help site operations.

The contract comes just months after Premier was bought out by London investment house Cabot Square, in the midst of a major period of growth. It has since acquired a business Cabot was also invested in, NetZero Buildings.

It also follows Premier’s work on hospital capacity expansions and testing centre roll-out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Harrison, the section lead construction manager at SCS, said, “Premier has developed the most cost-effective building solutions that met our requirements and budget. Their team has been very flexible, adapting the designs to our changing needs, and with a strong emphasis on customer care.”

SCS’s contract will involve the construction of a variety of structures and 21km of the line will be in a tunnel created using six tunnel boring machines.

SCS was part of the contracting team behind the recently completed and world-leading gas pipeline tunnelled under the River Humber.

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