HS2 — are we on the right track?

By Martin McKervey

The High Speed 2 (HS2) project is undoubtedly important in terms of infrastructure and the wider economic benefits to the UK economy. It is, after all, the largest infrastructure project in Europe. I recently attended a seminar that took a closer look at the construction, engineering and manufacturing opportunities it presents to businesses across the Sheffield City region and quite simply highlighted how these benefits will affect local economic development. It was a significant event as the HS2 team was in the City region to engage and talk about the project.

Well done to the Sheffield City region LEP for organising the event. Key contributors included Simon Carr, managing director of Henry Boot Construction, Richard Mould, head of corporate procurement for HS2, John Mead, heading up the supply chain management function at HS2, and Scott-James Ely, leading on the skills, employment and education opportunities associated with the project. Mould provided an interesting outline on the procurement strategy and how the team is drawing on experiences from the London 2012 Games and Crossrail. It will be great to see how lessons from these major infrastructure projects are applied in the Sheffield region…

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