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05.11.13

HS2 Ltd reveals work packages available at Supply Chain Conference

More than 800 people from 600 rail, construction and engineering businesses gathered in Birmingham today for the HS2 Supply Chain Conference, keen to hear from the project’s leaders about the nature and amount of work to come and how they can win business on it.

They also heard from transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who gave the keynote speech at the event, and stressed the value of the project to rail businesses and not just passengers. He tackled recent controversies about HS2’s cost, construction time, economic benefits and environmental impact.

HS2 commercial director Beth West (pictured above being interviewed at the conference) also unveiled the work packages and contract types under HS2. These are:

Tunnels – £2.9bn, four main packages, geographically based, determined by tunnel type and construction methodology (ECI based on NEC3)

Surface route – £2.7bn, three to six main packages, geographically based with interfaces taking into account engineering issues (ECI based on NEC3)

Stations – £2.6bn, four main packages (one main per station), but with the option of combining the Birmingham stations and splitting Euston into several packages (ECI based on NEC3)

Enabling works – £600m, new framework agreement established using ‘lots’ for different work types and locations Railway systems  £1.5bn, four to six route-wide packages, functionally based with number of systems per package based on market capability and technical interfaces (ECI or D&B)

Design services – £350m, multi-disciplinary packages to progress design to a level appropriate to the contracting strategy and provide an ongoing employer’s agent duties as required

Rolling stock, depots, signalling  £2bn-plus, single package, with location of depots to be established by HS2 Ltd (bespoke contract)

For more from the conference, including RTM’s interview with transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and HS2 technical director Professor Andrew McNaughton, see the Dec/Jan edition of RTM.

(Image: HS2 Ltd, via Twitter)

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