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High Speed 2 seeks consultants for £350M framework

Scheme promoter High Speed 2 (HS2) has published a contract notice to recruit up to 19 firms for a six year framework worth between £250M and £350M, to do preparatory work for parliamentary procedures needed if the project moves forward.

The framework is for professional services needed to develop the design of the project if government takes the project forward to the next stage, which would be the introduction of a Hybrid Bill into parliament by 2013, for Royal Assent by 2015. The framework would also cover associated technical services, environmental assessments and land referencing.

The framework agreement will be split into four lots, for civil engineering and structural design services, railway systems design services, environmental services and land referencing services respectively. The framework is set to last for six years, but companies that win a place on the framework agreement will have the option to extend the framework duration if the project goes ahead to the implementation stage.

Framework lots

Lot No 1: Civil Engineering and Structural Design Services

Professional Services Consultants (PSCs) appointed will produce affordable, good value, and environmentally acceptable preliminary designs. They will need to deliver design and cost estimating services associated with the requirements of the anticipated work packages. This will include railway and station civil and structural engineering, architectural services, station systems, tunnelling, and the interfaces with railway systems designed by the Railway Systems Design Services team.

Lot No 2: Railway Systems Design Services

PSCs appointed will produce affordable, good value and environmentally acceptable preliminary designs, as well as the full range of design and cost estimating services associated with train control, communications, permanent way, overhead line equipment, traction power, local power, passenger support systems and matters relating to rolling stock, service specification (timetabling) and railway operations.

Lot No 3: Environmental Services

PSCs appointed will produce environmental impact assessments, the environmental statement and associated reports. Lot 3 PSCs will need to be capable of undertaking the full range of environmental surveys required for the anticipated work packages and will be required to work together to support the development of a balanced and proportionate environmental statement and associated reports.

Lot No 4: Land Referencing Services

PSCs appointed will produce the land plans and schedules required for the purposes of the HS2 Parliamentary Bill procedures if the transport secretary decides to move forward to that stage. Lot 4 PSCs will work under the management of the HS2 Development Partner (currently being procured) and will work collaboratively with design and environmental consultants appointed to produce the HS2 designs and environmental assessments.

Readers' comments (1)

  • It is time to stop this High Speed nonsense and concentrate on spending such sums of money much more wisely......if we have the money that is before going bust. I remain convinced that government is at it again spreading smoke screens and debate to hide its incompetence and failures elsewhere and heaven knows there is a vast pile of these.
    Jim Barrack

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