33541_33541_image1.jpg

HS2 costs increasing due to skills shortage

  • 18 May 2015

  • Share

Sir David Higgins, the chairman of HS2, has provided evidence to the Lords claim suggesting that the UK’s lack of experience in building new railway lines was contributing towards the high construction costs of HS2.

The project is set to cost £90 million per kilometre, compared to the £23.3 million per kilometre cost of the HS1 link from the Channel Tunnel to London.

The HS2 is set to cost £90m per km

Higgins explained that the construction industry in the UK is fragmented – suggesting that public and private sector firms base decisions on the lowest cost, as opposed the quality.

As a result, firms throughout the supply chain see the margins under continual pressure, leaving little room for the long-term development and investment in skills.

Higgins criticised the public sector, suggesting that greater investment in future skills is needed, commenting: “The biggest buyer of construction in this country is the Government, and the Government needs to buy on terms other than, ‘I am just going to screw you to the lowest possible cost. I am not going to worry about your commitment to R&D or investment in skill.”

SEND YOUR COMMENTS TO BUILDINGTALK

READ MORE HOT TOPICS

……………………………………………………………………..

COMMENT

Integrity Software Systems,
First Floor, Landmark House East,
Alpha Court,
Lincoln,
United Kingdom,
LN6 3TA

Phone: 0345 340 3040

Visit Integrity Software's website

Leave a Reply

More articles

GEZE
Screen Shot 2018-06-13 at 11.33.51

Video of the Week: Why you should employ a member of the NASClondon

When you’re in need of a scaffolding contractor NASC believes you should only ever employ the services of a member of the NASClondon.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Health & Safety, Roofs, Video of the Week

  • Share
Aggregate Industries

Sowing the seed with Aggregate's wildlife project

Aggregate Industries’ commitment to managing biodiversity has seen the company partner with the Butterfly Conservation and Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Concrete, Cement, Admixtures, Posts, Site Preperation, Sustainability & Energy Efficiency

  • Share
Screen Shot 2018-06-13 at 11.38.45

REHAU creates a contemporary flush fit for new London development

Brunswick Square in London recently installed 192 REHAU PVC-U flush fit casement windows for a contemporary finish to a new apartment development.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Glass, Windows

  • Share