Major consultants High-Point Rendel, Flint and Neill and Jacobs are all in the running to design the £600M Mersey Gateway crossing, NCE can reveal.
The consultants have each teamed up with one of the three shortlisted contractor-led bidders to design the 1km long Mersey Gateway crossing between Runcorn and Widnes in north west England. Project promoter Halton Borough Council shortlisted three contractor-led consortiums last month.
High-Point Rendel is leading a contractor consortium of Balfour Beatty, and French firms Bouygues Travaux Publics and Egis Projects.
Galliford Try, Germany’s Hochtief and Spain’s Iridium from the MGL consortium have selected consultant Jacobs to lead its design. Jacobs will be supported by German consultant Leonhardt as well as Hochtief’s design division and Spanish firm Carlos Fernandez Casado.
The Merseylink Consortium, comprising German Bilfinger Berger, Spanish firms Vialia Sociedad Gestora de Concesiones de Infraestructuras and FCC Construcción and finance giant Macquarie, has selected consultant Flint and Neill to lead its design. US consultant URS, and Spanish consultant Eptisa and Fehcor are also working on the design.
All change ?
Halton opened competitive dialogue with the three bidders last week. Project bosses also hope to save cash and encourage innovation by dropping its requirement for double-deck to be used on the crossing.
Under the terms of the contract, the winning bidder must fund the £594M construction cost of the bridge, associated structures and road improvements and manage the toll-crossing for the next 26.5 years.
Halton is expected to award its preferred bidder in December with construction beginning in late 2013.