Curzon Street Station is the Midlands hub for the HS2 project which will connect London Euston Station with the East Midlands and the North. The station, located in Birmingham City Centre, will be the first new intercity rail terminus station built in Britain since the 19th Century
Temple completed Phase 1 of the project in January 2022, defining the framework and toolkits to manage consents and stakeholders, and are now working with MDJV during the construction phase to ensure that the necessary consents are obtained in accordance with the overall project programme.
During Phase 1, Temple delivered a Consents Strategy Framework document which informed a detailed Consents Management Plan and Commitments Compliance Plan for the HS2 Curzon St Station. The delivery of these documents confirmed the process for identifying, complying with and discharging Statutory Consents and Third Party Agreements, mitigating the future risks associated with the consent application process.
The development of an integrated bespoke Consents Register, incorporating design and construction stages and broken down by work packages, allows the consent application processes to be fully integrated into the development programme reducing the risk of costly delays and non-conformances. Temple’s Consents Coordinators work collaboratively alongside design team project managers and MDJV appointed sub-contractors to support them through consents scoping and subsequently briefing, training and embedding the consenting process throughout the construction phase.
In the construction phase, the register is updated during weekly meetings by the Consents Register Owner, with the Consents Coordinators tracking the progress of each consent and ensuring they are submitted on time for when the works are due to commence.
All deliverables for Gate 3 of the project were submitted to the ultimate client, HS2, on time and to the client’s satisfaction.
By developing the management strategy for consents and other commitments, the client has the framework and a toolkit to implement for an efficient construction phase. Through collaboration with both the design partners and MDJV’s planning and programme team, the bespoke Consents Register helps inform the expected timeframes associated with consents and raises awareness to the project team of the importance of effective consents management and potential risks.