Midlands - Main Works Civils Contract, HS2

Midlands - Main Works Civils Contract, HS2

Project Scope and Delivery

HS2 is the UK’s state-of-the-art high-speed 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 to the Delta Junction / Birmingham Spur and from the Delta Junction to the West Coast Main Line tie-in respectively.

The Consents Team continues to co-ordinate and prepare application material to secure approval from relevant planning authorities for plans and specifications pertaining to the detailed design of hundreds of railway assets, in accordance with Schedules 17 and 33 of the High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Act 2017. This requires collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including in-house engineering designers, environmental specialists, neighbourhood groups, construction contractors, and consenting bodies.

SYSTRA’s Approach

SYSTRA is responsible for a number of ‘sub lot’ areas that include some of the project’s most complex designs and interfaces, and associated mitigation. Assets in this region include many large and conspicuous pieces of infrastructure, e.g. extensive sections of railway viaduct which are required to carry the railway over existing infrastructure, (M6 and M42 motorways), and natural features such as rivers and their floodplains.

Schedule 17 requires permanent building and construction works to be carried out in accordance with plans and specifications first approved by the relevant local planning authority. The Consents Team is responsible for the preparation of application packs, each comprising a suite of design drawings, written statements, application proformas, and information concerning environmental mitigation. Our consents specialists are responsible for securing the approval of the Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authority, (or relevant drainage board).

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