HS2 and Bechtel have officially signed the £170m HS2 phase two development partner contract, with former Crossrail project manager Gus Scott named as head of delivery for the role.
The signing up of Bechtel to the contract comes more than three months after CH2M had been scheduled to officially sign the deal.
CH2M withdrew from the deal in March following controversy over potential conflicts of interest found during its bidding for the contract.
Bechtel, which had come second in the original bidding, was then picked by HS2 to replace CH2M ahead of third-placed Mace / Turner & Townsend JV.
Bechtel also confirmed that former Crossrail manager Gus Scott has been chosen to lead its development partner team on the project (pictured, left).
Mr Scott was previously Bechtel’s project development managing the pre-contract activities for its major rail bids.
These included the firm’s successful bid for the project manager role on the multi-billion-pound Sydney Metro project, the biggest infrastructure scheme in Australia.
The role also saw him involved in the Bechtel’s bidding for civils packages for phase one of HS2.
Prior to this Mr Scott worked as project manager for the delivery of Crossrail’s £190m Thames Tunnel project and as part of Bechtel’s HS1 programme mangement team.
The official signing of the contract means Bechtel can begin mobilising its team for delivery of the development partner contract.
Earlier this month Construction News reported that the US engineer would have to mobilise a team of more than 170 people within seven weeks of when the contract was signed.
Bechtel’s UK managing director Paul Gibbs (pictured, right) said: “We look forward to bringing Bechtel’s expert project capability to HS2 phase two.
“Over seven decades, we’ve delivered rail projects including the Channel Tunnel and High Speed One, and currently Crossrail, through our global, UK-headquartered infrastructure business.”
A HS2 spokesman said: “We are confident they are able and prepared to deliver the contract on time, on budget and to a high standard”