HS2 offers £10bn of contracts to UK engineering firms

HS2 Ltd is encouraging British companies to bid for up to £10bn worth of contracts to build England’s new high-speed rail network.

Almost 500 firms have so far signed up to attend HS2 Ltd’s two Supply Chain Conferences being held in London and Manchester in October in prepartion for the start of construction in 2017.

The new network, which will run from London to Leeds and Manchester via Birmingham, will be Europe’s biggest construction project and is expected to support over 100,000 jobs

HS2 chief executive Simon Kirby said in a statement: ’Building HS2 is a massive, long-term project; one that offers huge opportunity for large and small companies right across the country.

’To construct it; and then bring it to life will require a vast range of skills and expertise, some of which we have and some we’ll need to develop. Put simply, HS2 is a huge transport, investment and economic opportunity.

’And to deliver a project of HS2’s scale and complexity we are committed to working with companies who share our collaborative values.

’We are also determined to build on Crossrail’s success where 97% of contracts were placed with UK-based firms.’

The HS2 Supply Chain Conferences will be held in London (17 October 2014) and Manchester (23 October 2014). Interested parties can obtain more information via SCC@hs2.org.uk.