A meeting between Mace and High Speed 2 promoter HS2 Ltd, at which it challenged the decision to choose CH2M as its phase 2b delivery partner, has failed to give closure to the matter.
Mace said that it was considering its next steps after it met with the project promoter to discuss a potential legal challenge to the decision.
It challenged the decision on the grounds that there was a potential conflict of interest. Current HS2 Ltd interim chief executive Roy Hill and incoming permanent chief executive Mark Thursdon had been recruited from CH2M.
A Mace spokesperson said: “A productive meeting was held with HS2 Ltd last week and they are now investigating our concerns. We look forward to hearing their findings so that we can then consider our next steps.”
HS2 Ltd said that it had recognised the potential conflict of interest at the start of the process and had put additional measures in place to silo Hill’s work from the decision making process. As such it said it had maintained the integrity of the procurement process.
The challenge has delayed the appointment of CH2M.
A HS2 Ltd spokesperson said: “We’re in discussion with one of the bidders and will make a statement in due course.”