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Bechtel plans recruitment drive for £170m HS2 contract

Bechtel will be expected to mobilise a team of more than 170 people within the next seven weeks to deliver its £170m development partner contract for phase two of the HS2 line.

According to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, Bechtel will be expected to have contracted 173 workers to its development partner team within six weeks of the official signing of the contract, which is expected early next week.

In the Phase Two Development Partner scope, seen by Construction News, HS2 set the winner the task of mobilising staff across 11 project teams.

HS2 phase two senior management team

HS2 phase two senior management team

The development partner teams will include a 12-strong central engineering team, a seven-person contract management team and a five-strong project controls team. There will also be six regional teams, four of which will cover the route from Birmingham to Leeds with the other two overseeing the line to Manchester.

Of the 173 staff members, Bechtel was required during the tender process to submit the CVs of 48 members of the team identified as “key people” by HS2.

These include the head of delivery, the project managers for each regional team and the senior engineer for the contract.

When asked by Construction News about the identity of Bechtel’s head of delivery, HS2 said it would make an announcement in due course.

HS2 phase two head of delivery team

HS2 phase two head of delivery team

The US engineering firm was chosen to deliver the contract last month after CH2M withdrew from the contract amid speculation over potential conflicts of interest.

Bechtel was announced as preferred supplier by HS2 on 18 April and will now be chosen to carry out the work after the end of the standstill period which is understood to have ended at midnight last Friday.

The end of the standstill period paves the way for Bechtel to officially sign the contract, which is understood to be scheduled for next Monday.

Bechtel was contacted for comment.

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