Following on from the announcement of the enabling works contracts in November 2016, the Government has awarded £6.6 billion in civil contracts to phase one construction of the new high-speed HS2 railway link between London and Birmingham.

The HS2 phase one contracts have been granted in three packages consisting of the south, central and north and are set to bring a wealth of investment and employment to parts of the UK, which according to CECA, is vital to securing the UK economy and delivering a post-Brexit Britain.

A contract has been awarded between Skanska, Strabag and Costain, who were involved with the construction of the Channel Tunnel and more recently Crossrail. The joint enterprises will be involved in the construction of the south, including Euston tunnels approaches (S1) and Northolt tunnels (S2), which is worth approximately £2 billion.

Bouygues and UK companies VolkerFitzpatrick and Sir Robert McAlpine have won a central contract worth an estimated £965 million, entailing Chiltern tunnels and Colne Valley viaduct (C1). Carlillion and Eiffage, along with Kier have secured two contracts valued at £1.34 billion: (C2) North Portal Chiltern tunnels and Brackley to Long Intchington Wood Green portal (C3).

All northern areas of the phase one construction have been awarded to Balfour Beatty and the French firm Vinci, who were the lead company in the construction of Frances high-speed railway between Tours and Bordeaux. In partnership, the organisations will be responsible for the northern enabling package valued at £2.7 billion, including Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur (N1) and Delta Junction to West Coast Main line (N2).

With contracts expected to be officially signed by the end of this month, we would like to congratulate all organisations who have won major contracts on this exciting and iconic project. Phase one of HS2 is expected to open in December 2026 and HRS Services are eager to collaborate with associated contractors to offer some of our key services required to deliver and fulfil the HS2 project.

As phase one of the construction project was granted Royal Assent in February 2017, extensive preparation work will take place over the next 18 months, including surveys, site investigations and assessments to measure potential environmental impacts by HS2 construction. Here are some of HRS Services which we believe would benefit the successfully delivery of HS2.

Noise, Vibration and Dust

Like all major development projects, HS2 is expected to generate noise, vibration and dust from construction. This can lead to adverse impacts on surrounding developments, for example residential areas.

HRS Services offer a wide-range of assessment services to assist with controlling the impacts of noise, vibration and dust and identifying remedial measures to ensure effects on people’s health, safety and quality of life are minimised.

Whether you are looking to satisfy planning conditions or wishing to fulfil your environmental obligations, our integrated approach can assist from initial planning stages and design, right through to post-construction.

Ecology

It has been reported that the HS2 route has many ecology constraints which could potentially affect local wildlife and habitats. HRS Services has a specialist ecology team capable of providing a range of assessments and services to assist with identifying ecological restrictions and potential environmental impacts which may arise from HS2 construction.

At HRS, we understand and are passionate that major infrastructure projects must take reasonable steps to protecting the environment and wildlife. In accordance with planning policies, we can deliver ecology services including habitat phase one and two surveys, protected species surveys and ecological reports to assist with minimising environmental impacts during construction.

Rail and Bridge Inspection

With the first trains between London and Birmingham expected in 2026, the inspection, testing and commissioning of HS2 is a vital phase within the construction programme. Before HS2 can be used for commercial operation, vigorous testing and inspection will take place right from the initial design stages.

By using specialist rope access, drones and other methods of working at height, along with our 30 years of experience of bridge general and principal experience, HRS Services have carried out a range of rail and bridge inspection works, including a variety of bridges for Network Rail and some of the UK’s most historic bridges. Where site access can be restrictive, HRS Services can also provide rope access methods to deliver geotechnical/de veg works on steep slopes if they require stabilisation and de-scaling or netting to reduce hazards of falling debris.

For more information on our services, please call our team on 0800 030 4391 or email info@hrsservices.co.uk.