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HS2’s ‘Meet the Contractor’ event goes online

The third annual HS2 ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is due to take place between 23rd and 26th November. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be held entirely online.

Potential suppliers will have the opportunity to learn about the HS2 project and how to get involved. As part of the event 1,100 15-minute one-to-one meetings will be available, for potential suppliers to discuss upcoming contract opportunities with the companies awarding them.

Construction of Phase One of Britain’s new high-speed railway between the West Midlands and London was officially started by the Prime Minister in September. Extending over 140 miles, the line will include over 50 bridges, 110 embankments, 150 bridges and 32 miles of tunnels – billions of pounds worth of contracts

HS2 will support over 30,000 jobs when construction is at its peak, with many thousands more throughout the supply chain. To design and build HS2 a huge range of works, goods and services from businesses of all sizes are required. 

Over the next two years there will be contracts requiring many different disciplines from water and drainage systems to habitat creation and site catering as well as traditional construction and engineering contracts. In total it is estimated that there will be over 400,000 contract opportunities throughout the HS2 supply chain, including many thousands of opportunities to deliver goods, works and services to contractors on-site.

The four-day event will begin with three days of webinar sessions including updates on the HS2 programme, presentations by HS2 contractors and webinars showcasing great work taking place across the project. The final day will offer potential contractors the opportunity to find out how to get involved via more than 1,000 15 minute 1-to-1 meetings with HS2’s four Main Works Civil Contractors and the two Stations Construction Partners. 

HS23 chief executive officer Mark Thurston said: “This year’s ‘Meet the Contractor’ event at HS2 will be the biggest ever and we would like to see businesses from across the UK register for the opportunity to talk with our contractors. Experience from previous years shows that this helps put them in the best position to be a part of building Britain’s new high speed railway. HS2 will be one of the cornerstones of the country’s economic recovery as we work through the challenges of Covid-19, creating and sustaining long term jobs across all sectors.”

Registration for the event is now open and interested parties should register at https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MTC2020/

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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