The £500m contract will see the successful bidder partner with HS2 Ltd to lead the design and delivery of the 36-mile Phase 2a route.
The role will include management and co-ordination of key contracts for delivering the railway’s detailed design and construction, which includes two tunnels, 17 viaducts, 65 bridges, and track along the route.
The shortlisted bidders are:
- 2 Connect JV – AECOM / Costain Integrated Services
- AMS JV – Atkins / Mace Consult / SYSTRA
- Jacobs UK
HS2 Ltd Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Andrew Cubitt said: “The Phase 2a section of HS2 is a major investment in the region’s future low carbon transport infrastructure, that will provide an essential link between the West Midlands and northern England.
“This latest procurement will facilitate the benefits HS2 is set to bring to the region, before any trains have even started running, helping the UK to build back better from the pandemic.”
HS2 Ltd expects to announce the winning bidder in the summer of 2022.