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CH2M Hill named as High Speed 2 development partner

CH2M Hill has scooped the lucrative £50M to £70M development partner role on the High Speed 2 (HS2) project, promoter HS2 Ltd has announced.

It beat off competition from project managers Turner & Townsend and Mace and consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The contract will create work for a team of around 80 people, largely project management and engineering specialists from the UK. 

They will project manage the professional services companies who will carry out the design, environmental and land referencing work for the London to West Midlands line. The professional services contracts will be awarded in February.

CH2M Hill is a global leader in infrastructure programme and project management and recently acquired UK consultant Halcrow. HS2 Ltd said Halcrow’s experience with High Speed 1, where it was part of the Rail Link Engineering design consortium, and Crossrail, and the skills and expertise that CH2M Hill demonstrated it could bring to the project, was a major factor in the appointment. CH2M Hill has recenntly successfully delivered the construction for the 2012 London Olympics as the Olympic Delivery Authority’s delivery partner in joint venture with Laing O’Rourke and Mace, and is working as programme manager on Crossrail.

“The appointment means that we will have world class project managers and technical experts working alongside us to deliver the design, engineering and environmental work necessary for the hybrid bill,” said HS2 Ltd chief executive Alison Munro. “They will bring, in particular, their highly regarded experience of working on HS1 and Crossrail, two major UK infrastructure projects that have direct relevance to our work.”

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