HS2 to share project insight with the wider industry

HS2 launches new Learning Legacy website to share project insight with the wider industry.

HS2 has launched a major new initiative to share insight from Britain’s largest construction project with the wider UK infrastructure industry that will see the publication of lessons learnt, good practice and innovation from across the project.

The first tranche of HS2 Learning Legacy material includes over 100 resources covering a range of topics including Design Engineering & Architecture; Environment, Digital Engineering; Health & Safety and Occupational Health & Wellbeing – and has been published on a new dedicated HS2 Learning Legacy website.

New learning legacy papers will be published every six months, including technical papers, case studies, videos and podcasts with professionals across the industry. HS2 is also partnering with industry to disseminate the learning through events and engagement as well as academia to share real life case studies with post graduate students.

The launch of the project builds on similar initiatives at London 2012, Crossrail and Thameslink London Bridge project – but HS2 will be the first project to start this early in the project lifecycle enabling the capture of learning from the early projects stages such as procurement, initiation, design and enabling works.

Launching the new initiative, HS2 Ltd chief executive Mark Thurston said: “Major projects like HS2 do not happen in isolation – we build on the experience and lessons learned from previous projects and rely on the wider industry to deliver. That’s why its so important that we pay back and offer the next generation the same opportunities to learn from our experience. Today’s launch of the HS2 Learning legacy project shows just how seriously we take that responsibility and I’d like to thank everyone who put time into sharing their insight and experience from across the design and early stages of the project.”

Andy Murray, executive director of the Major Projects Association, said: “The purpose of the Major Projects Association is to improve major projects by bringing together organisations to share experiences and ideas. This is why we support the HS2 Learning Legacy which provides a means to seek, capture and apply lessons through the life of the project and beyond, not just between HS2 and its immediate supply chain, but within and across the whole major projects supply chain too.  

“Whilst it is not the first learning legacy, it is the first one to be established at the beginning of the project and enables sharing between all the parties involved. I have no doubt it will prove invaluable for the initiation and delivery of future projects too.”

Fiona Spencer, director of function, profession and standards at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, said: “Learning from experience is one of our eight Principles for Project Success. So we’re delighted to support the HS2 Learning Legacy, as part of wider work across government and beyond to create a consistent culture of world class project performance: one where projects are consistently set up for success and deliver real benefits for people and communities across the UK.”

All learning legacy papers and resources will be published on the HS2 Learning Legacy website, which is now live.

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