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About Learning Legacy

The HS2 Learning Legacy is the collation and dissemination of good practice, innovation and lessons learned from HS2 aimed at raising the bar in industry, improving UK productivity and showcasing UK PLC.

The HS2 Learning Legacy builds on previous major projects’ learning legacies including the Crossrail Learning Legacy, Thameslink Learning Legacy and the London 2012 Learning Legacy and contributes to an overall body of knowledge on major projects captured on the Major Projects Knowledge hub.

The HS2 Learning Legacy aims to share:

  • Knowledge and insight gained during the lifetime of the Programme that may be of benefit to future projects and programmes
  • Documents and templates that have been used successfully on the Programme that can be ‘borrowed with pride’ by other projects
  • Datasets that can inform future research projects
  • The experts behind the delivery of the HS2 Programme

Capturing Learning Legacy Content

Learning legacy content is captured through a series of learning legacy challenges which issue an open call to the whole HS2 family for papers and other resources on themes and topics which are relevant to large infrastructure projects.

A forward look of Learning Legacy challenges up to 2028 is shown in the table below which allows for one challenge  every year that is tailored for different phases of the programme . Each Learning Legacy challenge has a business sponsor who chairs a panel of HS2 and IPT representatives that provide expertise and oversight of each challenge.

HS2 runs one challenge every year which captures content from across the HS2 family sharing learning across 15 themes. Additionally a targeted programme of strategic insight papers, also aims to capture the client-side insight in case studies which will be of interest to other clients. We also run an Open Challenge that aims to capture learning legacy resources that fall outside the remit or timeline for the formal learning legacy challenges and technical papers competition

YearChallenge TitleChallenge key
2020Technical Papers Competition 2020Captured content on technical excellence and learning
2021Safe at heart Captured lessons learned, good practice and  innovation on health, safety and well being
2021Preparing the GroundCaptured learning, good practice and innovation from the early works prior to the commencement of main works
2022Technical Papers Competition 2022Captured content on technical excellence and learning
2023Construction and Safe at heart Captures learning, good practice and innovation about the construction of Phase One with a focus on key learning about health, safety and well being
2024Environment, Innovation and Design Captures learning, good practice and innovation on environment, innovation and design
2025Technical Papers Competition 2025Captures content on technical excellence and learning
2026Construction and Safe at heart Captures learning, good practice and innovation within the construction phases with a focus on key learning about health, safety and well being
2027Environment, Innovation and Design Captures learning, good practice and innovation on environment
2028Technical Papers Competition 2028Captures content on technical excellence and learning
Forward look of challenges and competitions

As at March 2023, four challenges have taken place:

  • Technical Papers Competition 2020
  • Safe at heart Learning Legacy Challenge
  • Preparing the Ground
  • Technical Papers Competition 2022

The fifth challenge is in progress – Construction and Safe at heart challenge.  The challenges have led to the creation over 160 publication ready learning legacy resources.   This includes contributions from more 200+ authors across 30+ organisations across the Enabling Works Contract, Main Works Civils Contract, Main Works Station Contracts and associated design joint venture organisations, many of which are collaborative papers with HS2 Ltd and academic partners.

Contributing to the Learning Legacy

If you have worked on the HS2 project and have a learning legacy to share then please read the guidance on how to submit a Learning Legacy paper or other resource,



Learning legacy content will be published on this website every 6 months, at the end of each learning legacy challenge. The website has been designed to be simple and easily searchable with clear filters and a high quality search engine.


Printed publication is in the form of books and journals published with industry partners appropriate to the content.  For example, the technical papers approved as part of the Technical Papers Competition will be published by the Institution of Civils Engineers which reflects the focus on civil engineering at this stage in the HS2 programme.  Content may also be published in professional journals (see below).


The website also has an API which is an Application Programme Interface and enables third party knowledge hubs (such as the Major Projects Association) to interface to the HS2 learning legacy content enabling discoverability of HS2 content through their portals. Please contact [email protected] if you would like details on the API.


Dissemination is the active sharing of knowledge to interested parties.  For the HS2 Learning Legacy this is through industry partnerships, knowledge sharing agreements with other major projects, academic engagement and Government engagement (from a UK PLC perspective). 

Industry Partners

The HS2 learning legacy is a collaboration with industry partners such as professional associations and industry bodies and includes a series of knowledge sharing events and publication of a number of professional journals. Below are the industry partners signed up to date.

13 logos of the professional associations and industry bodies that have signed up to be learning legacy industry partners -  SOM , Railway Industry Association, IOM, BOHS, RIBA, IET, APM, INCOSE UK, Major Projects Association, Supply Chain Sustainability School. ICE, The Permanent Way Institution, CIOB
13 logos of the professional associations and industry bodies that have signed up to be learning legacy industry partners.
Industry Partners
Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM)
Rail Industry Association (RIA)
Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM)
British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Association for Project Management (APM)
International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE UK)
Major Projects Association (MPA) 
Supply Chain Sustainability School
Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
The Permanent Way Institution (PWI)
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
List of Industry Partners

If you are interested in becoming an industry partner please contact [email protected].

Guidance for industry partners on how to request a speaker from the HS2 Learning Legacy Network for an event or to publish content in industry publications.


This material is shared for use by other major projects and is relevant to clients, corporates, and suppliers from main contractors to small and medium enterprises. It will be of particular interest to the transport and construction sectors however much of the learning legacy will be applicable to other sectors.