MEETING LONDON Underground's contract flexibility demands helped consortia Tubelines to win the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly (JNP) line contract, chief executive Iain Coucher said last week.
Tubelines, which was named as preferred bidder for the JNP line upgrade last week, believes its strategy not to tie into a supply chain until after the contract was secured eventually won the day.
Tubelines is an independent project management company backed by three equal shareholders; Jarvis, Amey and Bechtel-Halcrow.
Coucher said Tubelines' strategy was designed to encourage contractors to price more favourably after the contract had been announced, on the grounds of reduced risk.
'This will give value for money in the long term, ' he told NCE.
Tubelines also believes the strategy appealed to London Underground executives because it gives them greater flexibility on their work programme, which is yet to be completely finalised.
The company beat the TubeRail consortium of Alstom, Amec, Halliburton Brown & Root and Carillion, whose bid will be held in reserve.
Metronet, named as preferred bidder for the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria (BCV) lines contract, organised its supply chain as part of its bid.
Metronet chief executive Rod Hoare said this was more important for the BCV contract, which needs new trains sooner than the more modern Jubilee and recently upgraded Northern lines.
Metronet comprises Balfour Beatty, WS Atkins, Thames Water, Seeboard and Adtranz. It beat the Linc consortium of Alcatel, Anglian Water, Bombardier, Fluor Daniel and Mowlem.
Preferred bidder for the subsurface lines upgrade, which includes the Metropolitan and Circle lines, will be announced in the summer.