TRANSPORT FOR London (TfL) is to let the £600M East London Line extension as a single civil engineering and signalling systems package, it said last week.
TfL project director Peter Richards said letting the project as a single package would reduce the scope for disputes where construction and systems installation interact.
'We believe that the organisation best placed to manage that interface will be the contractor, ' said Richards.
It is thought that combining the contracts should minimise the potential for disputes between contractors and systems installers.
Contractors expressing interest in bidding for the project were this week waiting for TfL to name its shortlist, after submitting tenders in time for last Friday's deadline.
Richards said that the work was likely to be carried out on a design and build, target cost basis.
TfL has appointed Parsons Brinckerhoff as its programme manager for the project. It has experience of running metro projects in the US using a single contract approach for civils and systems.
arsons Brinckerhoff has appointed senior project engineer Ashok Kothari as head of programme management.
Kothari has worked on extensions to San Francisco's BART metro system, and metros in Washington DC and Atlanta (see Working lives p42).