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HS2 works boosts environmental consultancy

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An independent employee-owned business, which was co-founded 17 years ago, has boosted its workforce and opened brand new offices in the Midlands, thanks to the work it has won supporting the delivery of HS2.

Thomson Environmental Consultants specialises in all aspects of environmental compliance. The team at the helm shares a passion for excellence and innovation in ecology and its vast experience in supporting transport and infrastructure projects across the UK, whilst ensuring a minimal impact on the natural world, led to the company securing its first HS2 contract in 2015. Continued success over the past six years has enabled the business to expand and its local workforce to grow.

The company, which initially had a workforce of 150, has delivered over 50 bespoke environmental and ecology projects on behalf of HS2. This included the creation of 42 new wildlife ponds, 18 hectares of wildflower meadow and the planting of over 100,000 trees. Thomson Environmental has also ensured that effective mitigation measures are put in place to protect local wildlife, including badgers, bats, otters, barn owls, reptiles, amphibians, dormice, and water voles along the Birmingham – London section of the new railway.

Thomson Environmental Consultants has delivered over 50 bespoke environmental and ecology projects on behalf of HS2.

The sheer scale of the environmental preservation, enhancement and mitigation works completed has driven growth to such an extent that the company doubled the size of its workforce. At peak, over 300 staff were working on HS2, creating new employment opportunities at its offices in Guildford, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester.

Andrew Cubitt, HS2.

Now the volume of work undertaken in the West Midlands has led to the company opening brand new office premises in the second city. And it hopes that HS2’s journey North, following the green light to extend the railway to Crewe, will lead to further contract awards and create even more new jobs in the region.

Andrew Cubitt, HS2’s procurement and supply chain director, said: “The team at Thomson Environmental are playing a vital role in our commitment to protect, preserve and enhance Britain’s precious natural environment.

 “The scale of opportunity that HS2 is creating for this employee-owned firm is hugely rewarding, and I’m delighted to see that their business growth is driving investment in local jobs and graduate talent.”

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