HS2 Main Works Civils Contract – Landscape
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 Landscape Team’s designs tie the proposed structures into the local landscape and enhance it where possible to ensure the landscape approach creates a sense of place.
SYSTRA has embraced a pragmatic ‘real world’ approach working with external stakeholders, to drive a fully integrated and Landscape-Led design philosophy to meet client and wider expectations. At the Consolidation Stage, key route- wide deliverables have included designs for green walls, integration of existing infrastructure such as canal corridors, and the creation of the HS2-wide green corridor. The SYSTRA Landscape Team has proactively sought to resolve and influence design issues in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary design teams on the project.
The landscape design proposals will continue to evolve and be refined through an iterative design process, with Landscape leading the way through the Detailed Design Stage and beyond. The technical aspects of the work are proving both exciting and technically challenging.