Bechtel wins controversial HS2 contract

21 Avril, 2017, 03:18 | Author: Marc Bacque
  • HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins told MPs that the procurement process for the £55.7 billion railway will now be more intrusive

HS2 (High Speed Two) has officially confirmed that US-based Bechtel is the preferred bidder for the £170 million (€203 million) role of delivery partner in phase 2b of the United Kingdom rail project after CH2M dropped out amid controversy last month.

US-based CH2M withdrew from the £170 million deal to develop Phase 2b of the high-speed rail network last month.

Following the choice unsuccessful bidder Mace objected to the award asking HS2 to address concerns it had over potential conflict of interest.

Mark Thurston, HS2's new chief executive, is a former CH2M employee, as was his temporary predecessor Roy Hill.

Undated artist impression issued by HS2 of the proposed HS2 station at Euston.

One of the other contenders, United Kingdom firm Mace, had reportedly threatened to apply for judicial review of the decision by 3 April unless there was a rethink.

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An HS2 spokesperson said: "HS2 can confirm that Bechtel are being taken forward to the next stage of the 2b development partner procurement process".

Following CH2M's withdrawal, HS2 opened discussions with second place bidder, Bechtel, while third place bidder Mace has repeatedly called for the procurement process to be rerun and has said it's considering legal action. The bidder now enters the standstill period allowed for under the process prior to contract award.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins are to sit in front of the transport select committee to answer questions about the procurement process for the phase 2b award.

The contract is for the construction of two lines, from Crewe to Manchester and from West Midlands to Leeds.

Legislation for Phase 1 passed its final hurdle in Parliament in January and construction work is set to begin in the coming weeks.

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