HS2 Main Works Civils Contract
Project Scope and Delivery
HS2 is the UK’s state-of-the-art high-speed railway line, critical for tackling carbon reduction. It will provide much-needed rail capacity across the country, and is integral to rail projects in the North and Midlands. HS2 is Britain’s biggest environment project, delivering miles of ecological and landscape investments alongside construction. SYSTRA is working in a Design Joint Venture with Mott MacDonald, supporting contractor Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) on Lots N1 and N2, which are between the Long Itchington Wood Green tunnel and the Delta Junction - Birmingham Spur and from the Delta Junction to the West Coast Main Line tie-in respectively.
The SYSTRA Ecology Team has embraced a pragmatic ‘real world’ approach working with external stakeholders, to drive a true ‘biophilic’ environmental engineering design philosophy to meet client and wider expectations. At the consolidation stage, key route-wide deliverables have included authoring ecological site management plans, managing ancient woodland optimisation at design stage, refining biodiversity offsetting measures to work towards ‘no net loss’ and technical ecological input to design for specific assets. As ecological designers we have tackled everything from ensuring that the design of water-course culverts will facilitate the passage of protected species such as bats and otters, to minimising and mitigating for impacts on existing habitats through novel habitat creation and enhancement.
As we begin to prepare for the detailed design stage, the technical aspects of the work are proving both exciting and technically challenging. The team will be tackling everything from helping to design green bridges, green walls and green corridors, to testing the efficacy of ecological mitigation measures for protected species and working with stakeholders to ensure environmental compliance. Alongside our work on HS2, we continue to provide the technical field and consultancy expertise balancing complex infrastructure design and construction requirements with the conservation of biodiversity and the protection and enhancement of the wider natural environment.