A consortium of CH2M, Atkins and Spanish firm Sener has been confirmed as delivery partner for phase one of High Speed 2.
Project promoter HS2 Ltd officially awarded the trio the £350M contract – as predicted by New Civil Engineer earlier this month.
Under the 10-year deal the trio’s teams will integrate with the client to provide engineering and construction management support for the project to build a rapid rail link from London to Birmingham.
The delivery partner team will also play a key role in selecting contractors for major civils contracts on the scheme. Shortlists are expected soon for seven contracts for the main civils works – the surface route and tunnels – along the phase one route.
HS2 Ltd managing construction director Jim Crawford said: “Today’s contract award marks an important milestone as we continue to move towards the start of construction in 2017.
“It is vital that we constantly challenge our suppliers to ensure we deliver long-term value for money for the taxpayer as well as a world-class railway for all our passengers, stakeholders and communities along the line.
“That’s why I’m pleased to welcome CH2M/Atkins/Sener to the team, and look forward to seeing HS2 benefiting from their considerable skills and experience of delivering world-class infrastructure on time and on budget.”
Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “The engineering delivery partner will play a key role in bringing HS2 to fruition and CH2M/Atkins/Sener bring clear expertise.
“Today’s announcement means we are one step closer to getting spades in the ground next year for this transformational project.”