Arup to proceed with detailed design on HS2 following greenlight

Brad Ryan, Senior PR Coordinator Brad Ryan UKIMEA Press Office,London
30 April 2020

Arup has been given the go ahead to proceed with detailed design for the construction of Phase 1 Area South of the HS2 railway Main Works Civil Contracts between London and Birmingham.

Arup leads a design house joint venture (DHJV) working in close collaboration with the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV) who has been granted Notice to Proceed by High Speed Two (HS2) Limited. Together with HS2, this integrated team will deliver the project.

The Notice to Proceed represents the start of the construction stage of the project. Arup’s work comprises the detailed design of major tunnels and caverns in the approach to the London terminus at Euston Station; deep shafts and associated headhouses; deep excavations and underground structures; mined adits and cross passages; architectural, highways, bridge, structural and geotechnical engineering services; and the refit of existing infrastructure as well as other specialist services.

It is estimated that this Area South part of the Phase 1 project alone will create 4,800 jobs, including employment for around 550 previously unemployed people and 400 apprenticeships, providing a significant economic stimulus.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during lockdown construction on site has been paused except for essential works. The health, safety and wellbeing of the workforce, and the communities in which they are working, remains the number one priority. However, Arup’s detailed design work will continue at pace remotely off site.

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HS2 is a project that we are very proud to have been a part of since 2009 and one which will transform the UK with fast resilient transport connectivity between our major cities, enabling economic rebalancing and growth, and bringing down carbon emissions to improve air quality.

“In these difficult and uncertain times, this announcement is a very welcome positive signal to the industry and a significant investment in Britain’s rail infrastructure.
Asim Gaba Arup Director, Trustee, Fellow and Leader of the DHJV