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HS2 announces industry day for second phase

HS2 will hold a pre-procurement industry day for phase 2a of the project on 8 October for works and design packages

The event comes despite the ongoing review of the project.

It will be held to “re-engage with the market” and gather feedback about a new procurement approach.

This would include appointing a design and delivery partner for a contract in the region of £300m-£500m, Construction News understands.

The role of this partner would be to manage seven separate works packages on HS2’s phase 2a, which would connect Birmingham with Crewe.

The new strategy would allow it to “put more emphasis on the design by bringing that within the contractor,” according to an HS2 spokesman. He added: “Because the packages are separate it allows us to stagger them a few years later.”

The value of the design and delivery contract would be “roughly £300-£500m”, though values for the seven works packages have not yet been established.

According to the spokesman, the new procurement approach would build on lessons learned from the first phase of the project about the importance of putting time and effort into design and construction schedules and would allow the project to “drive down costs later”.

Findings of the Oakervee-led review are not expected to be released before the end of October.

HS2 chairman Allan Cook recently suggested that the project could not be completed within its £56bn budget and that a £72-£76bn range would be more realistic.

A number of contractors signed a letter to the review panel last week warning that the cancellation of HS2 would drive up costs in the UK infrastructure market due to added risk premiums.

Yesterday, the Balfour Beatty / Vinci / Systra joint venture was finally confirmed to deliver the £1bn Old Oak Common station.

The closing date for registration for the HS2 phase 2a industry day is 5pm on 27 September.

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