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Competition hots up for Crossrail tunnelling contracts

A joint venture of BAM, Ferrovial and Kier has emerged as the latest consortium to be set up to bid for Crossrail tunnelling and station contracts.

The team is the second to be confirmed after Balfour Beatty and Morgan Est revealed they have teamed up with European giants Beton und Monierbau and Vinci last week.

BAM’s civil engineering division BAM Nuttall previously joined forces with its German sister firm and tunnelling specialist Wayss & Freytag and Kier to work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (High Speed 1), constructing the twin tunnels from Barking to Dagenham.

It has brought Ferrovial on board because of its experience of working on deep stations on Metro projects in Spain.

So far Crossrail has put two of the three major Crossrail tunnelling contracts out to tender last week. The contracts cover the majority of the central tunnelled section of the route.

Tunnels West is for the 6.2km twin 6.2m-diameter bored tunnels running from Royal Oak and its portal west of Paddington station to the new Crossrail Farringdon station.

The Tunnels East package covers twin 6.2m-diameter bored tunnels running 8.3km from a launch chamber at Limmo Peninsula in east London to Farringdon station.

It also includes a 2.7km tunnel from a launch chamber at Stepney Green through to Pudding Mill Lane portal in east London and 900m tunnel between Limmo Peninsula through to Victoria Dock Portal. The two contracts cover 18km of the 21km of twin-bore tunnels that will be constructed for Crossrail.

Bids have yet to be invited for the third section in south London, which would include the tricky river section between Plumstead and the new Woolwich station.

For the stations, only Canary Wharf has gone out to tender so far. This station is being built by Laing O’Rourke for client Canary Wharf Group.

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