Quality by design
ISSUE NUMBER: TT136

HS2 Ltd will be awarding its enabling works contracts later this autumn and main civil contracts early next year, following Royal Assent for the phase one hybrid bill. Many of those attending next week's Transport Times conference will be bidding for this work, and will play a role in helping to achieve high quality design as set out in the HS2 Design Vision.

It is almost a year since the HS2 independent design panel was established. The ambition has been to establish a panel that is able to advise HS2 Ltd on every aspect of design quality – from landscape, to station design, to bridges and viaducts.

The panel also has the skills to advise on the processes that are essential to achieve high quality design, such as the procurement of design teams and contractors. The panel is unique in its breadth of expertise and is working with HS2 Ltd to ensure that no aspect of design is neglected. In the first 11 months that the panel has been in operation, we have commented on more than 40 projects.
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