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HS2 Phase One Engineering Delivery Partner confirmed today

HS2 Ltd will appoint a team made up of CH2M, Atkins and SENER as Phase One Engineering Delivery Partner.

The construction of HS2 is due to start next year, and HS2 has today confirmed that they have now appointed a team 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. The team will provide expert engineering and construction management support, as well as assisting with 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.

The team will focus on supporting preparation for, and procurement of, the main civils contracts and subsequent work packages, including stations and railway systems. They will manage the design stage and construction stages of the works, provide project engineering and construction management and also technical assurance of design.

Welcoming the news, HS2 Ltd Managing Director – Construction, Jim Crawford, said: “Today’s contract award marks an important milestone as we continue to move towards the start of construction in 2017. It is vital that we constantly challenge our suppliers to ensure we deliver long-term value for money for the taxpayer as well as a world-class railway for all our passengers, stakeholders and communities along the line.

“That’s why I’m pleased to welcome CH2M/Atkins/SENER to the team, and look forward to seeing HS2 benefiting from their considerable skills and experience of delivering world-class infrastructure on time and on budget.”

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.”