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HS2 Ltd seeks delivery partner in £350M deal

HS2 Ltd is seeking a delivery partner for the first 10 years of the mega project to create rapid links between London and the North.

The promoter is seeking bids for the contract, which has a value of between £250M and £350M, and will see the successful firm oversee work on High Speed 2.

The role involves management and coordination of engineering and environmental design development, and supporting the management of the programme of early contractor involvement delivery contracts.

In addition, HS2 has launched the procurement process for £900M of contracts for enabling works covering activities including project and construction management, design management and support, site clearance, ground remediation and demolition.

Divided into three packages worth £300M each, the contracts cover north, central and south areas of HS2 phase one and run for an initial period of 48 months.

HS2 Ltd is also seeking tenders for civil engineering and structural design services, environmental and programme management for Phase 2 of the £43bn high speed rail link.

The contract is divided into five lots, worth £75M to £150M each, and covers HS2 for the first 80km north of Birmingham. Details of the lots, which will run for 84 months, are as follows:

  • Lot 1 Civil engineering and structural design services (single-party contract)
  • Lot 2 Environmental services (single-party contract)
  • Lot 3 Railway systems application design services (single-party framework)
  • Lot 4 Site access, land referencing and land-owner engagement services (multi-party framework)
  • Lot 5 Overall programme management and co-ordination (single-party contract)

Phase 2 will connect Birmingham with Manchester and Leeds, with a hub in Crewe and could include the suggestions laid out by HS2 chairman David Higgins in his report ‘Rebalancing Britain: from HS2 towards a national transport strategy’.

HS2 commercial director Beth West said: “To deliver Europe’s largest infrastructure project on time and on budget, we need to work closely with suppliers to ensure that sufficient planning is in place before the start of the formal procurement process.

“These contract awards do not pre-empt the granting of Royal Assent for the HS2 Bill currently going through Parliament. Only essential work would be carried out in preparation for the main construction period in 2017.”

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