Over 3,200 companies are currently contributing to the construction of HS2, however the project is now on the hunt for more local companies to further expand its pool of suppliers.
To achieve this, HS2 has released details of over 300 work packages that its construction partners will procure over the next 18 months.
The 140-mile HS2 network, encompasses four new stations and two depots between London and Birmingham with UK businesses to date, having secured over £17 billion worth of contracts. The project is expecting 2024 to bring even more opportunities to participate.
HS2 believe that the collective value of these contract opportunities, exceeds £1 billion, and signals a significant boost for potential suppliers seeking to expand their order books and grow their businesses in the coming year.
Robin Lapish, HS2's supply chain lead, commented on the initiative: "Forward planning is absolutely crucial for businesses, so we’ve worked closely with our stations and civils contractors to develop a simple procurement pipeline setting out what we’ll need and when."
"There’s a huge variety of contracts on offer, from scaffolding and landscaping to structural steelworks and platform floors. We want more UK businesses to benefit and encourage those that haven’t already registered as an HS2 supplier to take a look at what’s coming "
HS2's procurement pipeline provides businesses with estimates of contract values, alongside procurement start dates and project locations. The pipeline enables companies to assess their potential interest ahead of bidding process. HS2 confirmed that contact information for the six principal construction partners is readily available with exploratory conversations encouraged to assist prospective bidders.
Subcontract opportunities will be posted on CompeteFor approximately two weeks before the procurement process commences. Businesses of all sizes across the UK can register their interest in working with HS2 and its contractors by submitting their details on the HS2 website.
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