A consortium of CH2M, Atkins and Spanish firm Sener has been lined up for the £350M High Speed 2 delivery partner role, New Civil Engineer understands.
It is thought that the team is preferred bidder for the role overseeing the first decade of construction of the rapid rail link from London to the North.
The coveted role will involve management and coordination of engineering and environmental design development, as well as supporting the management of the programme of early contractor involvement deals.
David Higgins, chairman of project promoter HS2 Ltd, last month set out plans to use the £56bn scheme to “transform” the infrastructure industry.
Procurement is underway for seven contracts for the main civils works along the phase one route from London to Birmingham; while seven joint ventures have been shortlistedfor a share of £900M of preparatory work.
New Civil Engineer reported in February that a £47M extension to a tunnel running through the Chiltern Hills north-west of London was among the final recommendations of MPs hearing evidence on the route for phase one of High Speed 2.
Construction could begin next year, with phase one completion expected in 2026 and phase two completion in 2033.