Sweco appointed to deliver Urban Growth Company’s Engineering & Technical Advisory contract

Sweco appointed to deliver Urban Growth Company’s Engineering & Technical Advisory contract

21 January 2021
Sweco has been appointed by the Urban Growth Company (UGC) to deliver engineering and technical expertise for projects across the UK Central Hub in Solihull. Under the three-year CCS framework contract, Sweco will provide consultancy services and independent technical advice on critical transport infrastructure schemes, including highways and rail, major development and energy plans that are connected to the 1,300 ha mixed-use quarter.

The UK Central Hub is expected to deliver significant economic, environmental and social benefits for the West Midlands and beyond. Large scale investments, such as the HS2 Interchange Station at the Arden Cross development site and the transformation of Birmingham International Station on the West Coast Mainline will play a key part in the area’s transformation.

Joanna Mole, Director for Strategic Consulting at Sweco and Programme Director for the contract said, “Bringing together expertise from our Solihull office as well as specialists from across the UK and Europe, we are delighted to collaborate with the UGC in helping them to unlock the full potential of The UK Central Hub. This is an exciting time for the region and we are thrilled to be a part of it, along with our sub consultant, Pell Frischmann.”

Stuart Cox, Highways & Transport Director for Pell Frischmann said, “Winning a spot on the UGC’s Technical Advisory framework with Sweco supports our continuing efforts to play a key role in the transformation of the West Midlands.”

Image credit: Arden Cross Ltd 

Editors’ notes:
Sweco plans and designs tomorrow's communities and cities. Our work produces sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure and access to electricity and clean water. With 17,500 employees in Europe, we offer our customers the right expertise for every situation. We carry out projects in 70 countries annually throughout the world. Sweco is Europe’s leading engineering and architecture consultancy, with sales of approximately SEK 20.6 billion (EUR 1.9 billion). The company is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.swecogroup.com

Pell Frischmann is an international multi-disciplinary consulting company with over 90 years of experience in the built environment. With 400 expert staff across 10 UK offices, they offer consultancy services to support both public and private sector clients realise their visions. We work across sectors encompassing buildings, infrastructure and regeneration. https://pellfrischmann.com/

The Urban Growth Company (UGC) is a special-purpose delivery vehicle created to specifically realise the full economic potential of the HS2 Interchange Station and related infrastructure. On behalf of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC) and supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), the UGC’s ambition is to coordinate, facilitate and lead infrastructure investment to create a globally renowned point of connection and a major engine for economic growth on a regional and national scale.

The Hub is an area of land in Solihull near the M42, which comprises Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, Jaguar Land Rover, Birmingham Business Park and Arden Cross, which will be home to the HS2 Interchange Station.

The Hub is one of four economic development areas identified by Solihull Council - along with Solihull town centre, North Solihull and Blythe Valley - which are jointly branded as ‘UK Central’.

UGC is using the Crown Commercial Services (CCS) framework to procure consultancy support.