Bechtel has been officially chosen as preferred supplier for the £170m phase two development partner contract, less than a month after CH2M pulled out from delivering the work.
HS2 said it had sent out standstill letters to Bechtel and bidders Mace and Turner & Townsend to confirm that the American engineer had been chosen for the phase 2b delivery partner role.
The standstill period will now last for two weeks before the contract is officially signed by Bechtel. It is understood that Mace will still be able to legally challenge the decision within this window.
CH2M has also been sent a letter by HS2 officially acknowledging its withdrawal from the process.
HS2 said following discussions with Bechtel it was confident the firm would be able “to deliver the contract on time, on budget, and to a high standard”.
Tomorrow transport secretary Chris Grayling and HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins will sit in front of the transport select committee fielding questions around the procurement processes surrounding the phase 2b award.
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Last month it was revealed that CH2M had withdrawn from the phase two delivery partner contract for HS2 despite being chosen as preferred supplier in February.
The decision came amid allegations of conflict of interest surrounding the awarding of the role by HS2.
Following the choice unsuccessful bidder Mace objected to the award asking HS2 to address concerns it had over potential conflict of interest.
The concerns were understood to revolve around the appointment of CH2M highways director Roy Hill as interim chief executive of HS2 – on secondment from the US engineering firm – and the appointment of CH2M European managing director Mark Thurston as its permanent chief executive.
Construction News also revealed that HS2 was understood to be looking into the part played by former HS2 chief of staff Christopher Reynolds in the US engineering giant’s tender for the deal.
An HS2 spokesperson said: “HS2 Ltd can confirm that Bechtel are being taken forward to the next stage of the 2b Development Partner procurement process.
“The bidder now enters the standstill period allowed for under the process prior to contract award.
“Following discussions we are confident they are able and prepared to deliver the contract on time, on budget, and to a high standard.”