HS2 Route – more opportunities for procurement?

js30864208The second phase of the contentious HS2 route is now confirmed by the government. This presents major procurement opportunities for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to tender for work.

The completed network will continue on both the East and West Coast Main Lines. This will include the following areas: Liverpool, Stafford, Preston, Wigan, Warrington, Glasgow, York, Darlington, Carlisle, Durham, Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Costain Group Plc, Skanska Construction UK, Morgan Sindall plc, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK), Laing O’Rourke Construction, and J Murphy & Sons have jointly received a £900m contract to deliver the works.

These companies will build upon their existing supply chain. This means that new procurement opportunities will arise for work that is due to begin next year. Our advice to anyone considering tendering for work on the HS2 project would be to contact a bid professional to support you through the process. JGP Consultancy can provide bid review and critical assessment or a full writing service, depending on your needs.

The economic benefits of HS2 are widely speculated but will be significant; creating 25,000 jobs during construction phase (and 2,000 apprenticeships) as well as supporting the wider economy which, according to some estimates, could be up to 100,000 jobs.

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