CH2M withdraws from HS2 Phase IIb development contract


US-based engineering company CH2M has confirmed its withdrawal of interest from HS2 Phase IIb development partner contract.

The latest decision follows discussions between HS2 and CH2M with regard to the award of the contract.

CH2M claimed that prolonged delays and project uncertainty risks critical national infrastructure and would increase costs to both UK taxpayers and the company.

CH2M spokesperson said: “CH2M has demonstrated all appropriate measures taken throughout to ensure the integrity of the procurement process.

“CH2M’s reputation reflects excellence earned by placing the interests of our clients and communities first, best exemplified by our delivery of vital programmes like Crossrail, the London 2012 Olympics, the most sustainable to-date; HS2 Phase 1; and the Thames Tideway and Lee Tunnels.”

"The appointments for the high-speed rail project came after an 11-month competitive process."

CH2M added that it proposes to work with HS2 on delivering Phase I on time.

Last month, HS2 confirmed CH2M, Arup, an AECOM / Capita / INECO joint venture and a Mott MacDonald / WSP joint venture as Phase IIb development partner and engineering and environmental consultants.

The appointments for the high-speed rail project came after an 11-month competitive process.

Together CH2M, along with teams from Arup, AECOM / Capita / INECO and Mott MacDonald / WSP was supposed to provide engineering and environmental support needed to take forward development of the route north of Crewe to Manchester, and from the West Midlands to Yorkshire.