Known under the name of High Speed 2 (HS2), the programme to develop the UK's new high speed rail network required expertise in baseline estimating, procurement, etc.

Our project systems played a part in the development and assurance of baseline scheduling and pricing.

Key information

Completion date: Ongoing

Client type: Transport

Key services: Procurement and cost management

Client’s requirements

High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd was established by the UK’s Department for Transport in 2009 to develop, build and operate a new high-speed rail network linking London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

Known as High Speed 2 (HS2), this major programme required expertise in baseline estimating, procurement, commercial management, and project controls to support the critical period transitioning from development to delivery.

We were commissioned to demonstrate three things:

  • Affordability, testing if the scheme could be developed within the funding envelop
  • Capability, evidencing the organisation’s capacity and capability to deliver a programme of this complexity
  • Engaging the supply chain, confirming HS2 Ltd were ready to deliver.
  • £55bn Value

Our contribution

We mobilised industry experts to support project milestones and presented programme analysis to the government’s Higgins Review, building confidence in cost and schedule.

Our project systems enabled development and assurance of baseline schedule and pricing, plus the appointment of the sole supplier for project controls on phase one.

Quickly initiating the procurement process, we helped support the selection of the main works contractor and launched the tender process for station design services contracts.

Transfer of knowledge from procurement to delivery teams was a key part of phase one.
Our objective was embedding excellence in commercial, collaboration, innovation, and contractual processes to drive success within HS2 Ltd.

Making the difference

With an experienced team in place, we helped HS2 Ltd to award the largest ever civils packages in an unprecedented timeframe.

Our data and benchmarking report also helped HS2 Ltd to review the size of their commercial and controls organisations, before they entered into contract. This provided assurance that the organisation had the necessary management capacity.

In addition, we shared our major programme technical competency framework, which enabled HS2 Ltd to understand the relative strengths and weakness of their team and build capability.

For further information contact:

Emma Radowicz
Business Generation Director