HS2, or High Speed 2 is a landmark project proposed by the Government, which began in 2009. The project involves the design and construction of brand-new high-speed railway tracks and stations. They will connect Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London. Influenced by high speeds of the Japanese Shinkansen railway, trains will reach speeds of 360 km/h, linking existing railway networks. HS2 is intended to transport more than 300,000 passengers every day. HS2 is the biggest project of its type in Europe, pre-Brexit.
Once completed, HS2 train lines and services are anticipated to link almost 50% of the UK population. It will broadly change how we commute, work and engage with neighbouring cities. The scope of this project is vast geographically, socially and financially. So how will this be achieved?
HS2 will be constructed in three phases:
Significant criticism surrounds the costs involved and time required to complete HS2. Criticism has been made by parties ranging from Conservative and Labour peers and Greenpeace to the general public. Largely, planning and budgeting decisions have created a financial snowball effect. The total cost of the HS2 budget has ballooned from £56bn in 2015 to over £100bn to date. Factors which have contributed to this increase include:
HS2 is designed to run 18 trains every hour. This translates into high costs for associated systems and resources which are needed to run these trains.
To complete HS2 routes, lots of land (and properties) need to be bought by HS2 Ltd. Original calculations of these costs were not valued accurately, and many were estimated at too low a cost.
Bridges, rivers and roads will need to be moved or demolished to make room for new lines. Considering HS2’s proposed length, this will be extremely costly.
Train services running at the end of Phase 1 are delayed by 2-5 years. They are now anticipated to begin running between 2028-2031. Similarly, Phase 2a and 2b are now due to begin running services between 2035-40.
Despite the issues and rather significant financial stumbles surrounding HS2, the project will be running long-term. As of 11 February, prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the full project will be followed through. Getting on board could very well be profitable for your business. Here’s why:
There is a huge variety of opportunities available to tender for. These are in the form of frameworks and individual projects. These include, but are not limited to:
HS2 contract opportunities will be available wherever there are works being serviced, in addition to services which can be provided remotely. Therefore, areas for opportunity are geographically broad from London, Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester.
It is important to reflect sooner, rather than later on how your organisation can align with HS2 ‘s carbon reduction goals. This project in itself will produce carbon emissions, so as responsible businesses we must play our part to minimise the impact. In tendering and procurement, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to demonstrate sustainability through business practices and social responsibility.
HS2 is the perfect opportunity to align national framework experience with long-term sustainable approaches. Indeed, sustainability is a core value of the project, as it aims to support net-zero carbon within the UK economy. To support your tendering efforts with HS2, consider the following points:
On a broader scale, working with HS2 requires you as a supplier to align with their culture. HS2 place particular focus upon:
HS2 will look to work with businesses who can both holistically and measurably apply the above into their working practices. It is important that you not only align with these values but demonstrate how you do this. Do you have policies and procedures in place? Do you have any relevant accreditations? What is your approach to staff training? It is essential to reflect and make a plan of action.
Attending Meet the Contractor events will provide invaluable networking opportunities. It will also provide you with the opportunity to have meaningful face-to-face discussions with Tier 1 suppliers. Here, they can provide you with greater insights into how you can finely tune your tender applications. At these events, you can also attend specialist workshops, further supporting your HS2 tendering efforts.
The scope of HS2 contract opportunities is huge, however, this can also be overwhelming. When you tender for a contract opportunity, we will ensure that your business capabilities are reflected in the best possible way.
If you choose to pursue a contract or framework opportunity with HS2, at Hudson Succeed, we can assist you in any stage of tendering to ensure you have the right policies, procedures and approach in place to make your mark on UK infrastructure.
Demonstrating your experience can be crucial when tendering for HS2 contract opportunities. We can help you pull together key information in an engaging, informative and persuasive case study format. You can use these case studies again in future tendering efforts, throughout the life of HS2 tendering. We are here to help you succeed.
We will work with you to identify how you can bring out the very best in your content. If you have little existing content, we will develop this for you. You can find HS2 contract opportunities on our portals and through ‘Meet the Contractor’ events and roadshows. Get in touch to find out more information on how we can help with the tender process and win you work.
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