Exclusive: Seven firms have been shortlisted for packages on the second phase of High Speed 2 worth a total of £520m.
Four teams will battle it out for the £350m professional services contract, while three will be vying for the £170m programme development partner role.
Those shortlisted for the professional services contract will be joint ventures between Aecom / Capita / Ineco, Mott MacDonald / WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Atkins / Arcadis, and Arup as a sole bidder.
The three firms in the running for the phase two programme delivery partner will be CH2M, Bechtel and a joint venture between Mace and Turner & Townsend.
The preferred bidders for both packages will be announced before the end of the year.
The successful bidders for the professional services package will work on the design of the sections from Crewe to Manchester and from Birmingham to Leeds via Sheffield and the East Midlands.
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It will see the consultants provide engineering information, plans, schedules, technical reports and construction cost estimates for these sections.
A number of the firms have already been chosen as design partners for those contractors bidding for phase one’s multi-billion-pound enabling and civils packages.
Aecom has partnered with Morgan Sindall, Bam Nuttall and Ferrovial’s Fusion JV.
Arcadis has been selected by the Carillion / Eiffage / Kier JV, with the Balfour Beatty / Vinci JV opting for Mott MacDonald.
Arup is understood to have partnered with the Costain / Skanska / Strabag team, while Ineco / Capita will team up with Hochtief / Dragados / Galliford Try’s Momentum Infrastructure consortium.
All of these firms were awarded places on HS2’s phase one civils preliminary design framework, alongside Jacobs.
The programme development partner role will mirror that of the £70m phase one development partner contract won by CH2M in 2012 after it was chosen over bids from Turner & Townsend, Mace and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The winning firm will support the development and submission of the phase two hybrid bill in 2019. The bill is expected to reach royal assent in late 2022.
CH2M also scooped the HS2 phase one engineering delivery partner role in March alongside consultants Atkins and Spanish firm Sener.
American giant Bechtel and its partner Jacobs missed out on the £350m EDP role but has been involved in a number of other major UK infrastructure projects, including Crossrail project manager and the EPC contractor for Horizon’s £10bn Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant.
After unsuccessful individual phase one bids for Turner & Townsend and Mace, the pair have decided to join forces this time around.
The two firms have managed a number of major projects in the UK, including the Shard and the London 2012 Olympics, as well as being a client partner for Highways England.
Both were selected earlier this year, alongside CH2M and Arup, as Heathrow’s delivery partners for its proposed third runway.
Mace was named construction adviser and Turner & Townsend will take on the information management package.
HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Phase two will significantly increase capacity, enhance connectivity and improve journeys for millions of people travelling between London, the Midlands and the major cities of the North.
“HS2 will be Britain’s largest infrastructure development, and has the potential to change the way the UK designs and builds projects of national significance.
“That’s why it’s so important that we get the right team on board to help us develop the design and environmental assessment that supports obtaining the hybrid bill powers.
“This process needs to start now so that we are able to open all the way to Manchester and Leeds on time.”