CH2M withdraws from HS2 Phase 2b
Mar 31, 2017 – Global engineering firm CH2M has pulled out of the HS2 Phase 2b railway project from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds.
Jacqueline C. Hinman, chairman and CEO of CH2M, has written to David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd, to formally advise him of their withdrawal of interest in the Phase 2b development partner contract.
The latest move follows continuing discussion between HS2 Ltd and the firm with regard to the award of the contract.
According to the BBC, the contract signing was delayed as HS2 Ltd was reportedly investigating concerns from rival bidder Mace over alleged conflicts of interest.
The firm said that it will remain fully committed on delivering HS2 Phase 1 on time and within budget.
A spokesperson from CH2M said: “CH2M today provided formal notice to HS2 Ltd that we are withdrawing our interest in the HS2 Phase 2b contract.
“CH2M has demonstrated all appropriate measures taken throughout to ensure the integrity of the procurement process. Notwithstanding these efforts, we have taken the decision to alleviate any further delays to this critical national infrastructure project which could ultimately lead to increasing costs to UK taxpayers, as well as to our firm.
“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.”