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HS2 Phase 2b contracts awarded


High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd has appointed the Phase 2b development partner and engineering and environmental consultants.

Consultants CH2M, Arup, Aecom/Capita/Ineco and Mott MacDonald/WSP have won the High Speed 2 design packages for phase 2b, between Crewe and Manchester, and Birmingham and Leeds.

The appointments follow an 11 month competitive process, during which seven multi-national bidders were invited to tender for four packages of work.

CH2M will become Phase 2b development partner and work with teams from Arup, Aecom/Capita/Ineco and Mott MacDonald/WSP.

The value of the contracts is around £520M.

HS2 Ltd said that the firms will provide the expert engineering and environmental support needed to take forward the development of the route north of Crewe to Manchester and from the West Midlands to Yorkshire.

A hybrid Bill – essentially the planning application for this part of the route – is expected to be presented to Parliament in 2019.

The preferred route for HS2’s phase 2b routes between Crewe and Manchester, and Birmingham and Leeds, via Sheffield and the East Midlands was published on 15 November last year. Seven sections which differed substantially from the original 2013 route  are currently being re-consulted on. This includes the controversial changing of the route between Derbyshire tand West Yorkshire (M18 / Eastern route) which deviates 11km to the east of the original 2013 alignment though the Meadowhall shopping hub north east of Sheffield.

HS2 Ltd managing director, development Alison Munro said: “This contract awards mark an important milestone for HS2 – giving us the expert resource needed to progress the second phase of the project and bring high speed rail to Manchester and Leeds by 2033.

“Our new partners bring a wealth of recent experience on some of the world’s most challenging and complex infrastructure projects and I look forward to working with them to ensure that HS2 can benefit from the experience and innovation they have to offer.”

Contracts are expected to be signed after the 20 February 2017 with staff joining the HS2 Ltd team soon after.

The dedicated high speed lines are planned to open in 2033, providing extra capacity between the UK’s largest cities, improving connectivity and reducing journey times.

Phase 2b Development Partner – CH2M

£130M to £170M based on 2015 prices.

Phase 2b Civils Design and Environmental Services (CDES):

Lot 1 – CDES  Mott MacDonald Limited with WSP (UK)

(M2 and M3 for Manchester leg) £80M to £100M

Lot 2 – CDES  Aecom with Capita, and Ingenieria y Economia del Transporte (Ineco)

(L1 and L2 for Leeds leg south and East Midlands) £80M to £100M

Lot 3 – CDES and Environmental Overview Consultant (EOC) Arup

(L3 and L4 for Leeds leg central and north and EOC Phase 2b route-wide) £120M to £150M

The following bidders were shortlisted for the contracts:

Development Partner

Bechtel Limited

CH2M Hill United Kingdom

Joint Venture: Mace Limited with Turner & Townsend Project Management

Civils Design and Environmental Services

Joint Venture: Aecom with Capita Property and Infrastructure Limited, and Ingenieria y Economia del Transporte (Ineco)

Ove Arup and Partners International

Joint Venture: Atkins Arcadis Joint Venture with Atkins Limited and Arcadis Consulting

Joint Venture: Mott MacDonald Limited with WSP


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