HS2 will be hosting their 'Meet the Contractor' event completely online in 2020.
The third annual event will last from the 23rd to the 26th of November and 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 through more than 1,000 15 minutes 1-to-1 meetings with HS2’s four Main Works Civil Contractors and the two Stations Construction Partners.
Construction of Britain’s new high-speed railway started in September, with 400 apprentices already welcomed onto the project. The line will include over 150 and 32 miles of tunnels – representing billions of pounds worth of contracts. It is expected that HS2 will support over 30,000 jobs when construction is at its peak, with over 400,000 contracts opportunities estimated throughout the supply chain. The aforementioned contracts will vary from different disciplines over the next two years such as water and drainage systems to habitat creation and site catering, as well as traditional construction and engineering contracts.
HS2 chief executive officer Mark Thurston discussed the event:
“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.”