A consortium of ERM, Temple Group and Mott MacDonald, along with Atkins and Arup (supported by URS) have today emerged as winners of the remaining four Environmental Services consulting contracts for High Speed 2.
The ERM/Temple Group and Mott MacDonald consortium won two of the four contracts — each worth £7M — and will now carry out Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for the London metropolitan area and Rural South section of the route covering: Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Atkins will carry out the EIA for the Rural North section covering Warwickshire and Staffordshire in a contract worth £5.5M.
Arup supported by URS will carry out the EIA for the West Midlands metropolitan area covering Birmingham and Solihull in work worth £5M. Arup already holds the overall environmental consultancy contract.
All contracts will last up until the deposit of the hybrid bill by the end of 2013.
What the contracts cover
The natural environment – biodiversity, water resources, geology and visual impact
The historic environment – built heritage and archaeology
The built environment – townscape, traffic and transport, waste and resources and planning policy
The community – noise, air quality, community and property and agriculture
This work will contribute to the Environmental Statement, which will be deposited along with other documents in Parliament for the hybrid bill.