Marshalls hopes HS2 could pave way to bright future

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PAVING specialist Marshalls is hoping to win tens of millions of pounds in contracts on HS2, the planned high-speed railway line between Yorkshire and London.

The Huddersfield-based firm will bid for work on all the station upgrades, refurbishments and up to 30 new platforms.

Marshalls is in a good 
position to win contracts following its work on the award-winning upgrade of King’s Cross station.

The firm won contracts to supply paving, natural stone, granite and street furniture at the London terminus.

Marshalls’ chief executive Martyn Coffey said: “HS2 will be a big opportunity. There will be 20 to 30 new platforms across the UK with brand new stations or refurbishments of existing stations.

“It’s a big project and we hope to secure as much as possible. From our point of view we’re talking tens of millions in contracts.”

Mr Coffey said he thought bidding would take place over the next 12 to 18 months.

Despite the political wrangles over HS2, Mr Coffey said stations such as Birmingham will need to be refurbished whatever the eventual outcome.

He was speaking as Marshalls reported strong trading in the first six months of 2014 thanks to a focus on fast growing areas such as rail.

The firm said revenue from continuing operations rose 15 per cent to £180m in the six months to June 30.

The group said it is targeting the faster growing parts of 
the market such as rail, home, landscape water management and internal natural stone flooring.

Home refers to the new housing estates that are springing up around the country as economic confidence returns.

Marshalls supplies flagstones and kerbs for pavements on the new estates.

Landscape water management refers to permeable paving which allows flood water to pass through paving and safely into the ground below rather than causing damage.

Internal natural stone flooring stems from the new trend for natural stone floors in buildings like the new Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

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