Friday, August 14, 2020

Sheffield rail tech company secures HS2 contract

3Square, a railway technology company based in Sheffield, has secured a major contract working on High Speed Two (HS2).

The company is working with one of HS2’s direct contractors, Skanska Costain STRABAG JV (SCS JV), who are delivering the tunnelling programme for the route between London Euston up to the M25.

The three-year contract will see it supplying its RailSmart software, alongside some bespoke modules, to form a supply chain management system, giving visibility of the complex freight supply chain, and providing live performance, cost management information and operational control data in real-time.

In April, the Government gave approval for the next stage of the HS2 project which has meant HS2 contractors now have the go ahead to start building the new low carbon, high speed railway.

HS2’s Main Works Civils Contractors (MWCCs) are now leading the transition from scheme design and preparatory work, to full detailed design and construction, and this progress has unlocked a huge amounts of new contract opportunities for the construction sector.

3Squared is now working on one of an estimated 400,000 supply chain contract opportunities that are being created for UK businesses which will support thousands of jobs on site and many more around the country.

This work package has meant that in a time of economic uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 3Squared have not only managed to retain its workforce but in 2020 have expanded, creating thirteen new jobs at its head office in Sheffield, three of which were staff that have been employed following work placements or apprenticeships.

The contract award has also enabled 3Squared to further strengthen its relationship with local academia as it takes on 5 placement students who are all on their final degree year with Sheffield Hallam University.

The bespoke part of the contract with SCS JV will see 3Squared develop a number of enhancements to its existing software including terminal management, cost control and supplier performance, which will support whole-life value measures across this project.

These features were specified and designed by Legge Infrastructure Services, a construction and transportation strategic consultancy and the appointed rail freight logistics lead sub-contractors working on behalf of SCS JV.

“The capabilities of our RailSmart platform combined with the pioneering and innovative BulkSmart enhancements, will deliver significant benefits to the project and deliver a solution that could be of benefit to the other phases of HS2, all major infrastructure projects and any bulk material suppliers,” said Tim Jones, co-founder and Managing Director of 3Squared.

“This contract award has not only led to the creation of new roles within 3Squared, but it has also supplemented existing job roles.”

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