Scheme promoter High Speed 2 Ltd is on the verge of awarding key design contracts to enable its progress towards a hybrid bill, NCE understands.
The imminent contracts awards are classed under the Lot 1 civil engineering and structural design services framework, which has 13 consultants on it vying for the work. This week has already seen consultant Arup sweep its second key contract for the Euston station design work — it previously also won the overall environmental consultant role. This is package 1a and four others remain to be awarded from the civils lot.
Expected to be hotly contested are package 1b for the London metropolitan section to the north of Euston, which includes intricate tunnelling sections through and out of London and the Old Oak Common station design; and package 4, for the West Midlands metropolitan section through Solihull and Birmingham, which includes the remaining two stations — at Birmingham Curzon Street and Birmingham Interchange.
Also expected in the coming days are package 2 for the southern rural section running through Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire and package 3 for the northern rural section running through Warwickshire, Solihull and Staffordshire.
The packages are in total worth between £160M and £200M and are 18 months in length to enable the scheme’s introduction of a hybrid Bill into Parliament by October 2013 with a view to seeking to obtain Royal Assent by 2015.
Framework consultants shortlist
Lot 1 civil and structural design services
Estimated value: £160M to £200M
Lot 2 railway systems design services
Estimated value: £25M to £45M
Lot 3 environmental services
Estimated value: £50M to £75M
Lot 4: land referencing services
Miller & Bryce
Estimated value: £15M to £30M