Align consortium appoints Jacobs and Ingerop-Rendel as design partners

Align, the UK high-speed rail bidding consortium of Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, and VolkerFitzpatrick has today announced the appointment of UK-based companies Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. and Ingérop-Rendel as its design partners.

Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical professional and construction services. The company recently won the design contract for the California High Speed Rail with a construction value estimated at $1.2 billion, and provided technical consultancy for the Singapore to Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail Project.

Ingérop is a leading consultancy in France and internationally and has extensive experience on high speed rail projects, most recently as lead designer for the High Speed Line Bretagne-Pays de Loire in France, due to open in 2017. Rendel is a fully-owned subsidiary of Ingérop and is currently working on the North West Rail Link in Australia and has worked on major projects such as the New Tyne Crossing and the New Europe Bridge, Bulgaria-Romania.

Both Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel bring a wealth of high-speed rail capability to strengthen the Align joint venture, for the design and delivery of major packages for the UK’s next major high speed rail project.

Jérôme Furgé, Director of Align said; "We welcome Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel to our consortium as hugely reputable engineering consultancies with international experience in high speed rail design and also an excellent track record with major projects in the UK".

Jacobs is to supply engineering design services, including tunnelling, earthworks, structures, highways and viaducts. Ingerop will bring its French high speed rail experience along with Rendel’s UK civil engineering expertise to Align.