Officials will name the winning bidder for the new Forth Replacement Crossing next month, in the middle of the Scottish election campaign.
The Scottish government has confirmed that the contract to build the bridge will be awarded in April despite
One of the bidders for the £900M to £1.2bn contract are the Forthspan consortium of Balfour Beatty, Bam Nuttall, Morgan Est and MT Hojgaard. The other is the Forth Crossing Constructors Group, which comprises Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Morrison Construction.
“Things are happening as quickly as they can. We see the project as vital”
Final bids were submitted on 30 January, and it is believed they underwent a quality test before the financial documents were opened. This second stage, which is standard for Transport Scotland tenders, has now taken place ahead of the announcement of the winner.
Transport minister Keith Brown told the Scottish Parliament that the formal announcement will be made in April because of the “urgency” of the project, and said that this had been cleared with the presiding officer of the Parliament, Alex Fergusson.
This would be as soon as possible for an announcement to be made after the contracts have been awarded, Brown said. “Things are happening as quickly as they can. We see the project as vital.”