On 31st January 2014 Stoke-on-Trent City Council submitted to government an alternative route than the government’s consultation route for Phase 2 of High Speed 2 between Birmingham and Manchester. Following Full Council Approval on 20th March 2014 to commence the procurement process for the necessary technical and specialist services which are required to back up the business case to government, a number of work streams have been progressed.
That the contract for Public Advocacy and Relationship Development, PR and Communications covering a twenty week period be awarded to the following company:
Freshwater UK Plc, 8-12 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6AL.
The Total Tendered Fee of the recommended provider is £74,911
That the contract for General Rail Consultancy be awarded to the following company:
The Rail Consultancy Limited, 43a Palace Square, Crystal Palace,
Greater London, SE19 2LT
The value of the tender is not expected to exceed £40,000
That the contract for Technical Rail Consultancy Services be awarded to the following company:
Interfleet Technology Limited, Interfleet House, Pride Parkway, Derby, DE24 8HX
The value of the tender is not expected to exceed £110,000
That the contract for the Environmental Benefits Study be awarded to the following company:
ECUS Ltd. Brookholt, 3, Blackburn Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S61 2DW.
The value of the tender is not expected to exceed £25,000
That the contract for HS2 – Connectivity Study be awarded to the following company:
JMP Consultants Ltd.
The value of the tender is not expected to exceed £19,530
That the contract for the Economic Benefits Study covering a fourteen week period be awarded to the following company:
Volterra, 58-58 Putney High Street, Putney, Greater London, SW15 1SF
The value of the tender is to a maximum of £52,000
2.Continue to progress using existing resources;
3.Deliver procurement of all technical expertise but without commitment to spend;
4.Develop a project managed robust approach to business case development through the procurement of specialist support
It was decided that the preferred option 4 would deliver the best chance of a successful campaign, although it must be remembered that the ultimate decision on the alignment of the HS2 route lies with central Government.