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Land Access Manager

Company HS2 Location Birmingham
Contract Permanent Position Salary Competitive
Sector(s) Engineering

Job Description

As a Land Access Manager at HS2 you will be required to manage Professional Services Contractor activities and liaise with landowners and land agents to secure timely access to land to enable survey activities to proceed in accordance with the wider Hybrid Bill and Delivery programmes.

Context: Under the powers of the High Speed Rail Act (London – West Midlands) Act 2017, and Parliamentary Standing Orders (and Transport and Works Act Orders) for the proposed Hybrid Bills for Phase 2 of the high speed rail scheme, HS2 is required to undertake a range of surveys and investigations in support of the engineering design and environmental assessment.

About the role:

  • Formal instruction and coordination of Professional Services Contractor (PSC) and SLS activities to ensure access to technical stakeholder’s land is secured in time for survey activity (for ecological, noise, environmental and ground investigation assessments) to proceed in accordance with agreed programmes
  • Challenge the PSC scope for access requests to ensure access sought is proportionate and defensible to ensure cost effectiveness of the survey programme
  • Prioritise the PSC scope for access to ensure sites that are required to be surveyed are secured where possible
  • Manage access requests for key technical stakeholders (DfT, NRIL, TfL/LUL, HE, CRT, EA, utilities); provide single point of contact across HS2 for access to land owned by key technical stakeholders to ensure access requests are coordinated, costs managed, and disruption to stakeholders kept to a minimum
  • Manage and reconcile the Environmental and Ground investigation (GI) survey scope datasets to ensure that landowners are provided with accurate information via the PSC, to assist in securing agreement
  • Manage preparation and assurance of notices of entry under Bill powers, post-Royal Assent
  • Support the assurance of PSC referencing deliverables to enable programme deadlines to be achieved
  • Assure the access data provided by PSC as part of the upload process to internal systems (LRdb, eB and gViewer)
  • As part of the Land Assembly Team, respond to enquiries from within HS2 and from external stakeholders on access and land ownership matters in a timely manner
  • Co-ordinate with Construction and project teams in relation to access requirements for Ground investigation surveys, including sense check of borehole locations, advance notice and collating access taken for survey payment generation, and location/negotiation of sites for secure works compounds. 


About You:

  • You must have analytical, commercial and negotiating skills
  • Understanding of land powers available through the differing legislative procedures underpinning infrastructure schemes (e.g. Hybrid Bill, Transport & Works Act Order, Development Consent Order, Compulsory Purchase Order)
  • Negotiations skills and an understanding of property issues arising from access for surveys in both rural and urban locations
  • Ability to produce documents and reports and present to a variety of stakeholders, with ability to coordinate groups of stakeholders to agree requirements
  • Programme management skills and the ability to ensure deliverables are provided within agreed timeframe, cost and quality criteria
  • Experience of engaging with landowners over access for infrastructure schemes
  • Experience of compiling and analysing data using Excel (or equivalent), GIS and database reporting tools. 

It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.

About Us:

High Speed 2 (HS2) will be the UK’s new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain’s major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

HS2 Ltd is a safety critical organisation with safety being one of our core values. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 ‘Safe at Heart’ programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.


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