Utility infrastructure

Associate Director Sam Parton joined Andrew Beattie, Associate Director at engineering and environmental consultancy RSK Group, to hold a virtual presentation for members of the of the Pipeline Industries Guild (PIG) hosted by Rachel Bridge, Chair of the Midlands Branch.

The presentation looked at how our National Utilities and Infrastructure team and RSK work together to support clients with their land and environmental requirements when diverting assets to facilitate HS2.

A total of 95 delegates attended the online technical event, including utility providers, contractors and other professionals in the sector with an interest in HS2.

Sam and Andrew gave a general overview of HS2 including some key facts, the legal background and the current positions of the various phases. Sam then spoke specifically about our involvement before, during and after construction and provided a case study of one of the diversions that has currently been completed.

Sam said: “HS2 is a huge scheme, it will consist of 345 miles of new tracks and in terms of land requirements is actually the largest property acquisition scheme since World War II; so it is a fantastic project for us to be involved with.

“Understanding HS2 is a specialism in itself as the scheme has some very specific processes and terminology, so the presentation was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that Fisher German has a range of experts working on this, supporting our utility clients to divert their assets.

“It was also a good opportunity to show that we are not just involved with the land agency side, but the whole project management role.

“It was fantastic to come together with Andrew Beattie for the presentation. Not only were we able to give an overview of both Fisher German and RSK’s involvement in HS2, but also highlight the importance of working with professionals with previous experience of the rail scheme to help avoid delays and increased costs.

“The presentation was a very positive way to share our knowledge on HS2 and utility diversions and fully demonstrate that Fisher German is an expert in this field.”

A recording of the presentation is now available on the PIG YouTube Channel.