M&E works set for HS2 Old Oak Common station


Anthro, a new joint venture (JV) between Egis and VVB Engineering, has been appointed to deliver M&E works for HS2’s Old Oak Common station development. 

Old Oak Common station. Credit: Egis.

The multi-year contract was sub-contracted out to the new business by the main contractors for the London interchange scheme, Balfour Beatty, VINCI and SYSTRA (BBVS), who are tasked with the final design, construction and commissioning portion of the works.  

Turnkey services for the HS2 ‘super-hub’, set to be the largest new railway station ever constructed in Britain, include mechanical, electrical, public health, fire and communications systems provided by the new JV. 

The multi-million-pound project will be undertaken with a “Design for Life” strategy, using a systems-led approach aligned with Transforming Infrastructure Performance 2030 goals which will minimise programme risk and reduce embodied carbon throughout the entire programme lifecycle. 

The major development on the existing Old Oak Common railway depot site in West London is underway, with contracted services due to be delivered by late 2029.  

It follows construction starting on HS2’s Birmingham Curzon Street station, which is set to span five years and create hundreds of industry jobs.  

Services from Old Oak Common to Birmingham are expected to start running between 2029 and 2033.  

“We are excited to embark on this project with VVB Engineering, alongside a remarkable group of partners, to contribute to the creation of one of Europe’s most connected stations,” said Xavier Odolant, consulting and operations director for Egis.  

“This project marks the convergence of our transportation and consulting and operations business lines, allowing us to harness our collective expertise for the delivery of this flagship infrastructure project.” 

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