With construction due to start next year, the UK’s HS2 project took another significant step forward on March 18, with the confirmation that HS2 Ltd will appoint a team made up of CH2M, Atkins and SENER as Phase One Engineering Delivery Partner.
The CH2M/Atkins/SENER team will be fully integrated within HS2 Ltd in order to drive long term efficiencies across the design and build process. Their role will focus on providing expert engineering and construction management support as well as assisting with preparation for the procurement of the main civils contracts for the London to Birmingham stage of the route.
All three companies have significant experience of driving project innovation and efficiency, with CH2M and Atkins involved in London’s challenging Crossrail project, and SENER bringing recent experience from Spain’s extensive high speed rail network.
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The ten year contract covers the whole of Phase One construction, with the team focusing on a number of key functions, including:
- Supporting preparation for, and procurement of, the main civils contracts and subsequent work packages, including stations and railway systems
- Managing support of the design stage and construction stages of the works
- Providing project engineering and construction management
- Providing technical assurance of design
Commenting on the appointment, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “The Engineering Delivery Partner will play a key role in bringing HS2 to fruition and CH2M/Atkins/SENER bring clear expertise. Today’s announcement means we are one step closer to getting spades in the ground next year for this transformational project.”
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