Fusion’s Gemma Proceeds in HS2 Technical Paper Competition



HS2’s first Technical Papers Competition has proved a great success, attracting 120 entries.

Launched last April, the Competition is part of HS2’s Learning Legacy and is intended to capture technical excellence and learning from the HS2 programme.

Each entry was reviewed by a technical panel and the authors of the successful submissions are now working on the full papers for final submission by 3 August. These include Fusion’s Gemma Bailey-Smith, Assistant Sustainability Advisor, who is completing her paper entitled ‘Advancing SMEs Using Innovative Sustainable Plastic-free Methods,’ referencing Fusion’s innovative work using plastic-free tree guards – as pictured above.

Gemma said: “It’s been an exciting process so far. I entered the competition to highlight our team’s great work over the past few years to get these guards implemented on site. Coming from an environmental background into the civils sector, it is really exciting to see these alternative sustainable solutions being used.

“We are also exploring using internal tubes on badger setts that are made of a recycled fibre board. There should be an onsite trial of the new badger setts soon which is really exciting. The competition is a great way to share best practice and highlight the great work which is going on. It is also a brilliant opportunity to be involved in and I would encourage others to get involved.

“I hope the paper reiterates that simple sustainable material swaps can early be implemented on site to benefit not only the environment but small-medium enterprises. Also, I hope it makes people re-think their material uses and question how they can practice sustainability at work and at home. I am grateful for the opportunity to be published as part of the Learning Legacy and would like to thank everyone involved in the tree-guards and badger setts for all they have done and their continued support with the Paper.”

The Learning Legacy is run by HS2’s Chief Engineer & Phase One Engineering Director and is supported by a Technical Review Panel in partnership with professional engineering associations and trade bodies.?

Selected final papers will be published in a hardback book in partnership with the Institute of Civil Engineers, on the Learning Legacy website in November and winners will present their papers at an awards event.