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HS2 launches first virtual ‘Meet the Contractor’ event

HS2 Ltd's third annual "Meet the Contractor" event takes place later this month - and for the first time ever 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, which runs from 23 to 26 November, there will be 1,100 one-to-one meetings lasting 15-minutes available for potential suppliers to discuss upcoming contract opportunities with the companies awarding them.

Mark Thurston, CEO of HS2 Ltd, 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.”

Details of HS2 Phase One construction projects

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 more than 140 miles, the line will include over 50 viaducts, 110 embankments, 150 bridges and 32 miles of tunnels - projects worth billions of pounds worth of contracts. 

At peak construction, HS2 will support more than 30,000 jobs, 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 there will be more than 400,000 contract opportunities throughout the HS2 supply chain, including many thousands of opportunities to deliver goods, works and services to contractors on site.

What will the HS2 'Meet the Contractor' event involve?

The four-day 'Meet the Contractor' 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 the 15 minute one-to-one meetings with HS2’s four main works civil contractors and the two station construction partners.  

Registration for the event is now open, with the window for companies interested in a one-to-one meeting with HS2’s suppliers open until 23.50pm on Wednesday 4 November. 

There will be opportunities throughout the four-day event for companies to hear from HS2 and its contractors, and interested parties should register at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/MTC2020/. 

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