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Thirteen consultants sweep High Speed 2 framework places

High Speed 2 project promoter High Speed 2 Ltd (HS2 Ltd) has revealed the 13 consultants and consultant joint ventures that have won places on its professional services six year framework, worth in total an estimated £250M to £350M.

Work has been broken down into four lots: civil engineering and structural design services; railway systems design services; environmental services; and land referencing services. The most signifcant workload is in the civil and structural engineering lot, with an estimated value to the firms on the framework of £160M to £200M.

Arup, Atkins, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald and WSP have fared best, winning places on two or more lots.

The initial contract notice was announced in October and explained the expected responsibilities for those working on each lot. The consultants will be managed by HS2 Ltd’s development partner CH2M Hill.

Rapid work is now needed if the environmental statement is to be produced and consulted on in spring 2013, as planned.

This will allow government to introduce a hybrid bill to Parliament by the end of 2013 and seek Royal Assent by 2015. If granted, this would to provide the necessary powers to construct and operate the first phase of the railway from London to West Midlands.

The framework in full

Lot 1: Civil and structural design services

Mott MacDonald
Capita Symonds/Ineco

Estimated value: £160M - £200M

Lot 2: Railway systems design services

Parsons Brinckerhoff
Mott MacDonald

Estimated value: £25M - £45M

Lot 3: Environmental services


Estimated value: £50M - £75M

Lot 4: Land referencing services

Mott MacDonald
Miller & Bryce

Estimated value: £15M - £30M

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