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18.03.16

HS2 names Atkins-CH2M-SENER JV as phase 1 engineering partner

A team made up of Atkins, CH2M and SENER has been named as HS2’s engineering delivery partner for phase 1 of the high-speed route.

The 10-year contract, valued at between £250m and £350m, will cover the whole phase 1 construction phase, including supporting preparation for, and procurement of, the main civils contracts and subsequent work packages, managing support of the design stage and construction stages of the works and providing project engineering, construction management and technical assurance of design.

Last month the HS2 committee published its final report, with recommendations including a longer Chilterns bored tunnel, greater noise protection for Wendover, better construction arrangements in Hillingdon, and a re-modelled maintenance depot at Washwood Heath.

Robert Goodwill, minister for transport, said: “Today’s announcement means we are one step closer to getting spades in the ground next year for this transformational project.”

Jim Crawford, HS2 Ltd’s managing director of construction, 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.”

Atkins already hold a four-year contract to provide building information modelling services to HS2.

RTM interviewed Sue Kershaw, CH2M’s rail director for Europe, last year.

(Image c. HS2 Ltd)

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