information was provided by the Senior Business Engagement
- They would
identify opportunities for businesses within local areas to get
involved with the HS2 project and to build links with these
businesses. There were already 33 businesses in Solihull involved
in the HS2 project.
- Tier one
contractors for BBV were mostly in place, which would now mean that
SME’s would be more likely to be involved in the process.
Businesses could get involved through high and low complexity
methods, from framework contracts through to regular purchase
orders. Also, as they would have a significant workforce, there
will be a need for these staff to be able to access facilities and
- Over the course of
2021 there would be a number of engagement events with local
businesses. They would then use their knowledge of local businesses
to support them into contract opportunities.
- HS2 Ltd had
launched its Job Brokerage model which aimed to create around
22,000 jobs throughout the supply chain. It would provide a central
point for all of the jobs available for HS2. Partners involved with
the scheme included local employment support organisations who met
HS2 Ltd criteria, such as Solihull Council. These partners sit on a
regional steering group, which involved HS2 Ltd representatives and
contractors to discuss specific vacancies.
The Head of
Stakeholder Engagement also advised Members that a materials
testing laboratory would be set up on Coleshill Heath Road with a
number of new recruits, which included 3 apprentices from Solihull.
There were also supply chain frameworks which had gone out and
targeted SMEs in civil engineering and ecological and
comments and asked the following questions:
- A Member asked
whether support would be given to businesses during the procurement
process, as many would typically not have had experience working
with businesses similar to HS2. The Senior Business Engagement
Manager explained that they recognised this challenge and were keen
to support businesses, as it was a mechanism to restart the economy
and encourage innovation.
- A Member queried
whether the scheme was in place to encourage candidates who faced
increased challenges, or to encourage as broad a range of people to
apply for HS2 related jobs. The Senior Business Engagement Manager
responded that they aimed to positively impact on equality,
diversity and inclusion, which often did not happen in the
- A Member
questioned whether two years would be long enough to train an
apprentice. The Senior Business Engagement Manager stated that
apprentices would tend to stay within the businesses at the
culmination of their programme but would get further
Engagement Lead for LM provided an update on the archaeological
work that had taken place since the last meeting. A number of
virtual engagement events had taken place, which over 2000 people
had engaged with. The events included an event to consider the
restart of the young archaeologists club. LM remained in contact
with the Core in Solihull about potential future collaboration.
Engagement Manager for LM gave an overview of the status of the
temporary Greenway. This included:
- The construction
of the temporary Greenway was not finished. Work was still required
before it could be brought into use. Minor problems in relation to
the surface of the Greenway and drainage were resolved or in the
process of being resolved. Stakeholders would continue to be kept
informed of the progress.
- The design and
implementation of the temporary Greenway had been limited by health
and safety requirements, the available land standard programme,
environment and ecology requirements as well as the site
conditions. It was built according to the approved design.
- Conversations had
taken place with stakeholders to support community projects along
the temporary Greenway.
- The clearance
along the Kenilworth Greenway was almost complete, and LM was in
the process of handing it over to BBV.
Manager for the Interchange Area (LM) provided the following
information about the latest works in the Interchange Area:
- Since the last
meeting, there had been a number of activities which had taken
place to support organisations within the Borough, such as surplus
site equipment had been provided to Tile Cross Academy to help with
their vegetable patch.
- Most of LM’s
construction work related to the highways bridges installed in 2020
in the Interchange Area. These were almost complete, with snagging
work or final steps in the process of being completed. There had
been several weekend closures to support the highways development
programme and connect sections of the remodelled and improved road
network to the existing network. These closures had been completed
earlier than planned and the networks reopened ahead of schedule.
LM have sought to maximise opportunities to close roads while
traffic movements remain low in the area to minimise
- LM were in the
process of asset and land handover to BBV over the course of 2021,
and traffic measures would continue to be carried out on and around
Northway Island to further remodel and improve the road network in
this area. A number of steps were to be taken to minimise
disruption during this process, which included gathering and acting
on feedback, engagement events and communications and phasing
The Head of
Stakeholder Engagement provided the Board with the following
- There had been a
lot of work which had taken place in the Burton Green area. This
included trial holes on Waste Lane, a satellite compound off Waste
Lane and a compound on Cromwell Lane.
- On Hallmeadow Road there had been two applications
submitted to address the transport haul route which would pass
through Balsall Common. This change
would mean that the construction traffic would impact fewer
residents than the original route detailed in the HS2 Act. The new
proposals would still consider how to protect local properties from
noise and to minimise the visual impact.
- There would be
earthworks which would take place from Park Lane to the A45, as the
drainage would need to be in place before the temporary and main
compound works were in place. Alongside this, access points were
being created to help to stockpile aggregates and materials on the
- Traffic management
would be in place on Meriden Road to allow survey work to take
place. The notifications for this had taken place, and would lead
to five days of potential disruption.
- A Construction
compound had been created on Park Lane, and it was ready to be
occupied. This would mean a significant presence at the site in the
- There would be Key
Design Elements to be agree for the Balsall Common Viaduct in the summer and afterwards
at the River Blythe Viaduct.
- The final details
were to be confirmed for the A45 and Bickenhill HWRC, in relation to service roads.
These would require consent.
A Member asked how
BBV could mitigate their impact on local areas affected by
construction and how they could be a good neighbour. The Head of
Stakeholder Engagement explained that they would maintain strong
dialogue between the engagement teams, construction teams and the
local community. The operating practices would be followed and
would be sensitive to local needs and concerns. As construction
continued, they would learn to find out which practices worked and
respond to any problems raised.