HS2 Announces Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner Shortlist

HS2 has published its shortlist of bidders for the Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner (DDP) contract.

The search for a partner began in June, when HS2 published a pre-qualification questionnaire and the winning bidder will be announced next summer (2022).

HS2 Phase 2a Infographic
HS2 Phase 2a Infographic

The three shortlisted bidders are AMS JV – an Atkins, Mace Consult and SYSTRA joint venture; Jacobs UK; and 2 Connect JV – an AECOM and Costain Integrated Services joint venture.

The contract, valued at 500 million GBP (591.2m euros | 687.16m USD), is for the design and delivery of the 36-mile (58 kilometre) Phase 2a route (Birmingham to Crewe) and includes the management of key design and construction contracts not only for the route’s track, but also its two tunnels, 65 bridges and 17 viaducts.

Andrew Cubitt, HS2’s Procurement and Supply Chain Director, said:

“The Phase 2a section of HS2 is a major investment in the region’s future low carbon transport infrastructure, that will provide an essential link between the West Midlands and northern England. This latest procurement will facilitate the benefits HS2 is set to bring to the region, before any trains have even started running.”

The DDP shortlist announcement follows on from HS2 inviting six construction companies to tender for Phase 2a’s advanced civil works contract last month.

The works will include land assembly, environmental mitigation, establishment of haul routes and site compounds and preparing the trace of the line.

This is scheduled to begin in autumn 2022 ahead of main civil works in 2024.

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