Seven shortlisted for High Speed 2 design Feb 2012
Peter Kenyon, Tunneltalk

UK's High Speed 2 alignment

Seven consultancy teams have been shortlisted for up to £200 million worth of advanced civil engineering and structural design works on Phase 1 of the UK's High Speed 2 project.
HS2 Ltd, the company managing the project on behalf of the Department of Transport, has announced shortlists for four professional services packages that together will be worth up to £350 million. The packages and shortlisted companies are as follows:
Lot 1 – Civil Engineering and Structural Design Services (£160-200 million)
Arup; AECOM-Hyder; WSP; Mott MacDonald; Jacobs; Atkins; Capita Symonds-Ineco
Lot 2 – Railway Systems Design Services (£25-45 million)
Parsons Brinckerhoff; Mott MacDonald; Arup-Systra; Jacobs
Lot 3 – Environmental Services (£50-75 million)
Arup; Jacobs; Atkins; ERM; WSP
Lot 4 – Land Referencing Services (£15-30 million)
TerraQuest; Mouchel; Mott MacDonald; Miller & Bryce
David Meechan of HS2 Ltd told TunnelTalk: "All these companies are in with a chance of securing contracts but how they are to be divided up is still to be confirmed at this stage. We hope to start awarding contracts soon after the development partner [CH2M Hill, appointed last week] formally begins their work on February 6."
Consultants shortlisted for HS2 design engagements
The main civil and structural design services contract is to be split into five packages covering Euston Station; the London metropolitan section north of Euston; the southern rural section running through Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire; the northern rural section through Warwickshire, Solihull and Staffordshire; and the West Midlands metropolitan section that includes Birmingham Station.
The alignment for Phase 1 (London-Birmingham) includes 22.5 miles of tunnelling out of a total length of 140km.
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Design partnership for UK High-Speed 2 - TunnelTalk, August 2011

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