Full speed ahead for HS2 as first contracts awarded for Phase Two

20 February 2013

Following the Government’s announcement on Phase Two of HS2, running from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds, HS2 Ltd has awarded its first contracts to take the project forward to the next stages.

The contracts will provide engineering and environmental services for each leg of the route.  This work will include developing the initial concept engineering designs and preparing sound demonstrations for the consultation on Phase Two, which has been brought forward to start later this year.

Alison Munro, Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd, said:

“HS2 will transform the UK through bringing our major cities closer together, helping to promote economic growth, driving regional regeneration, creating thousands of jobs and providing a long-term solution to the capacity crunch facing our existing rail network.

“We have already created 1,200 jobs through our Professional Services Framework for Phase One of the scheme and Phase Two will create thousands more.

“We have achieved a tremendous amount so far and we now have an excellent team in place to take Phase Two forward to the next stages including the consultation, which has been brought forward to start later this year.”

Under the Phase Two Professional Services Framework, HS2 Ltd has awarded the following contracts:

Lot 1 - Birmingham to Manchester

Covering engineering services for the west leg of the route, from Birmingham to Manchester.

Awarded to: AECOM Ltd
Value: £3.1m

Lot 1 - Birmingham to Leeds

Covering engineering services for the east leg of the route, from Birmingham to Leeds.

Awarded to: Mott MacDonald
Value: £3.2m

The Lot 1 contracts have been awarded to March 2015 and will include the work to refine the route proposals post consultation on Phase Two.

Lot 2

Covering environmental services for both legs of the route.  The purpose of this contract is to develop the sound demonstrations to be used as part of the Phase Two consultation.

Awarded to: Arup
Value: £1.1m

This contract has been awarded to March 2015.

HS2 Ltd contracts are awarded following public body procurement rules based on the principles of equal treatment, transparency and non-discrimination.

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