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Crossrail on the 'cusp' of awarding station contracts

Crossrail is “on the cusp” of awarding the first three station contracts, its head of procurement Martin Rowark told NCE’s London Rail conference last week.

It is expected that the Paddington and Farringdon station contracts will be among the first multi-million pound contracts to be awarded.

Paddington must be awarded early as it is on the critical path with tunnel boring machines due to pass through the largely complete station box next year.

Farringdon must also be among the first so that works can integrate with Network Rail’s project to rebuild the mainline and Tube stations at the site.

However, contract awards for the remaining station contracts are understood to be following either later in the year or early next year. Programme director Andy Mitchell told NCE in April that bid deadlines are being staggered to allow the market to cope with the tendering process.

He said he expected work packages to be “hotly contested”.

“Crossrail is going to happen,” he said. “We have a good, clean and fair version of the NEC contract. We have project bank accounts. If you were a contractor looking at the market going forward, we are a very attractive proposition.”

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