HS2: A Ten-Year Pipeline of Opportunity

As the largest project of its kind in the UK, High Speed Two or HS2 as it is more commonly known – is set to revolutionise rail connections between London, Leeds and Manchester from 2033.

With HS2 construction work scheduled to commence following three years of scrutiny – the first trains are due to run between London and Birmingham by 2026. The Midlands Construction Summit, taking place on 14 November 2017, at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham – is perfectly timed to offer insight into a ten-year pipeline of opportunity, which is set to create thousands of jobs within the construction sector.

HS2 will be the world’s most advanced passenger railway and although plans have come under fire from some protester groups – the majority predict positive outcomes including, reduced road congestion, shorter rail journey times, economic stimulation and importantly, increased job opportunities – particularly in the construction sector.

“HS2 is a vital part of the government’s long-term economic plan, creating tens of thousands of job opportunities for people and businesses across the country,” claims Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin.

HS2 Chief Executive Simon Kirby supports this statement, by adding: “To build HS2 between the West Midlands and London is a huge undertaking. Encompassing £10bn worth of contracts and at peak construction, we will be employing around 40,000 people to deliver the first part of this strategically important piece of infrastructure. This is an investment in the country’s future stretching decades ahead.”

The process to appoint the Construction Partners for HS2’s London Euston and Old Oak Common stations has been formally launched and expects to issue invitations to tender to shortlisted bidders by the end of the year and award the contracts in Autumn 2018.

With a wide range of procurement opportunities stretching almost a decade into the future, delegates at the Midlands Construction Summit will hear first-hand from HS2 Supply Chain Manager, Robin Lapish. Robin will provide an overview of HS2, an update on its procurement programme, what HS2 is looking for and how suppliers of all sizes can get ready to be part of Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

Robin Lapish will be joined at the Midlands Construction Summit by an outstanding speaker line-up that includes: Joshua Southern, Associate Director – KPMG; Ann Bentley, Global Chairman – Rider Levett Bucknall; Mark Farmer, Founding Director & CEO – CAST; Lorraine Gregory, Partnership Manager – CITB. For the full list of speakers go to:

Taking place on 14 November 2017 at the National Conference Centre in Birmingham, this combined conference and exhibition will guide and help the Midlands built environment sector to define their route map for grasping the strategic opportunities in a lively and structured way, allowing for plenty of input from industry leaders and their suppliers coalescing around a range of key themes. Tickets cost £95 + vat and include entry into the conference and exhibition, parking, refreshments and lunch – to find our more or to secure your place at the Midlands Construction Summit go to: