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Crossrail confirms shortlisted four for Farringdon station

Crossrail has announced the four shortlisted bidders who will bid to construct Farringdon station in a contract worth £375M.

The four bidders are a Balfour Beatty, Alpine BeMo, Morgan Sindall and Vinci joint venture; a Costain Skanska joint venture; a Laing O’Rourke and Strabag joint venture and a BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction joint venture.

Announcing the shortlist, Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said that following the major tunnelling contracts awarded last year, 2011 will be the year of the main station contract awards.

He said: “Farringdon is the second central London station to be shortlisted following Paddington last month. Crossrail intends to award the main construction contracts for all central London stations by the end of the year. The total value of the six central London stations contracts is £1.5bn.”

The same firms are shortlisted for the Paddington station works, except that Alpine BeMo is not part of the Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci joint venture for Paddington. Carillion, who were shortlisted for Paddington, doesn’t appear on the Farringdon list.

“Farringdon is a key station on the Crossrail route and will be a major passenger hub for Tube and rail services. The scale of the new Crossrail station is such that it will stretch all the way from Farringdon to Barbican,” Mitchell added.

“The station will connect to three Tube lines and provides the strategic and only connection between Crossrail and an upgraded Thameslink network. In construction terms, Farringdon is a hugely important station as it is the meeting point of the two major tunnelling drives.”

Farringdon Crossrail station is being delivered in conjunction with Network Rail, with Network Rail leading on the wider redevelopment of Farringdon as part of the £6bn Thameslink scheme.

The Crossrail contract includes construction of both the eastern and western integrated ticket halls, providing access to Crossrail, London Underground and Thameslink services. When complete, it is planned that over 140 trains per hour will flow through the Farringdon interchange, making it one of Britain’s busiest train stations, with an estimated 140,000 passengers it every day.

Last month Crossrail started the tender process for a further four central London stations – Bond Street, Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel. The total combined value of these four main construction contracts is in the region of £975M.

Following the announcement of the Farringdon shortlist, Crossrail has confirmed to NCE that the pre-qualification deadline for bids on these four stations has been extended by two weeks to 28 February. Crossrail sources told NCE that the extension was provided so that contractors who were bidding for the Farringdon works could consider whether to submit bids for further stations if they missed out.

A Crossrail spokesperson said: “Crossrail has received an excellent level of interest from the industry since issuing the contract notice for main construction at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel last month, and on this basis the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended by two weeks to 28 February 2011. An extension also provides an opportunity for organisations to consider if there are other station contracts they wish to express interest in.”

Outside central London new Crossrail stations will be constructed at Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich for the 118km railway. Canary Wharf station is being built by Canary Wharf Group and is under construction. Custom House station will be tendered later this year. Woolwich station will be part constructed, with the station box constructed by Berkeley Homes following an agreement earlier this week.

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