Contract Management for Mega-Project High Speed Two


Country / Region UK
Industry Infrastructure

It has been fifty years since Japan launched the world’s first dedicated high-speed rail network, connecting their three largest cities. In Britain, our rail network has been a staple part of commuter travel for decades. Passenger numbers in Britain have more than doubled since the 90s, putting the existing routes under increasing pressure.

The Project
High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd will join up Britain, stopping at over 25 stations between Scotland and the South East, with the first phase covering Birmingham to London, and an expected completion date of 2026. Phase Two will connect Manchester and Leeds, with HS2 trains continuing north on the existing network towards Glasgow and Edinburgh.

With aims to be fast, frequent and reliable, eight of Britain’s ten largest cities will be connected once the project completes. Importantly, it will provide much needed capacity by taking inter-city services off the existing rail network, allowing more space for local, commuter and freight services.

Journey times for passengers will be significantly reduced, for example, the journey between Leeds and Birmingham will be more than halved from nearly 2 hours to 49 minutes and Manchester to London will be reduced from over 2 hours to 1 hour 7 minutes.

Challenges
As can be expected for a project of this magnitude, there are a range of unique challenges to solve along the way. It is crucial that every step is taken to alleviate any public concerns, whilst also remaining on-budget and on-time. Overall completion relies heavily on each phase, before being delivered on schedule, with each key stage section of the build as important as the last.

Solutions
HS2 have been using thinkproject's CEMAR software since 2015 to manage their contract administration, including NEC3 ECC, PSC and TSC, along with ICC Contracts for ground investigations. Within the CEMAR platform, the project has over 400 live contracts and is nearing 5,000 active users, including those from HS2 and the supply chain.

Teams can easily achieve compliant and auditable records of the works as CEMAR fosters collaboration between the client and contractors, with shared events, registers and reminders, as well stimulating best practice through embedded contract knowledge.

CEMAR Analytics provides complete visibility across the portfolio. This enables the teams to benchmark and track performance, along with recognising behaviours and helps identify trends critical to successful management of this mega infrastructure project.

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