HS2 Ltd has awarded the remaining four contracts under Lot 3 Environmental Services of HS2 Ltd’s Professional Services Framework. The successful companies will work closely with HS2 Ltd’s environment, design and engineering teams to help reduce the environmental impacts of the scheme, from London to the West Midlands, where practicable and produce a detailed assessment of the environmental effects.
In the early stages of the work each company will carry out environmental surveys for allocated sections of the route, including an assessment of:
- the natural environment – biodiversity, water resources, geology and visual impact;
- the historic environment – built heritage and archaeology;
- the built environment – townscape, traffic and transport, waste and resources and planning policy; and
- the community – noise, air quality, community and property and agriculture.
This work will contribute to the Environmental Statement, which will be deposited along with other documents in Parliament for the hybrid bill.
ERM Temple Group Mott MacDonald Consortium has been awarded two of the four contracts. They will carry out the Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) for the London metropolitan area and Rural South section of the route covering: Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. Worth around £7m each, the contracts began on 22nd March and will continue up to the deposit of the hybrid bill by the end of 2013.
Atkins will carry out the EIA for the Rural North section covering Warwickshire and Staffordshire. The contract, worth £5.5m, began on 20th March and will continue up to the deposit of the hybrid bill by the end of 2013.
Arup supported by URS will carry out the EIA for the West Midlands metropolitan area covering Birmingham and Solihull. The contract, worth £5m began on 20th March and will continue up to the deposit of the hybrid bill by the end of 2013.