HS2 alerts contractors to odds-and-ends framework


HS2 Ltd has launched a £600m framework designed to put the finishing touches on the London-to-Birmingham high-speed rail project.

The £600m framework will give HS2 “flexibility and options towards the end of the [build] programme” so that it can finish work on the line, a source close to the programme told Construction News.

Contractors appointed to the framework could carry out work across the scheme, on a “wide-ranging framework-type contract”, the source added.

Work could include civils, environmental, maintenance, the construction of temporary assets including roads and buildings, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing jobs.

In its current form as a prior information notice (PIN), the job is not divided into lots. However, CN understands that the structure of the package could change if market responses suggest it is necessary.

Contractors initially interested in the work need to register their interest here by noon on Wednesday 5 June.

Further market engagement is also anticipated in the second and third quarters of 2024.

HS2 expects to publish a contract notice in late October, but it declined to comment on the online PIN.

The new package of work comes as HS2 prepares to finish its work at Euston station’ Prime minister Rishi Sunak announced in October that a new public-private development corporation would lead the work on the Euston terminus and tunnel in a bid to save £6.5bn.

But the government has now decided to provide the cash upfront for the tunnel portion, and will look to recoup money from the private sector later.



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