Departing Costain chief executive Andrew Wyllie has insisted that his company’s work on Crossrail’s Bond Street station is “not late”, despite project bosses drawing up contigency plans to open the line without the staiton in operation.
Costain has been involved in two projects at Bond Street station. The first - which is now complete - was to increase the size of the existing London Underground station in a joint venture with Laing O’Rourke. The second, ongoing contract, is for the construction of the Crossrail station in a JV with Skanska.
Crossrail was originally scheduled to open in December 2018, but missed its opening date with Crossrail bosses yet to set a new timeline.
Costain/Skanska’s Bond Street station contract is is widely understood to be one of the furthest behind on the project, with Crossrail chief executive Mark Wild telling the London Assembly in January that his team was drawing up plans to open the line without trains stopping there.
Yet despite this adverse publicity, Wyllie said he did not accept that his work was late.
“At Bond Street we are working to complete the contract absolutely in line with an agreement reached with Crossrail,” he said. “I don’t recognise [the works as] late, certainly what we are doing is meeting the requirements of the contract we have.
“Our contract is not late.”
New Civil Engineer understands that completing civils works at the station delayed mechanical and electrical equipment installation by about a year. Delays to the installation of two large tunnel ventilation fans have set work further back, as revealed by New Civil Engineer last month.
Wyllie was speaking following publication of Costain’s end of year report, which revealed that it has reached a new financial agreement with Crossrail to complete works at the station. As revealed by New Civil Engineer last month, Crossrail bosses have been renogiating lump sum payments with contractors to finish the remaining works.
The report states: “Our remaining contracts on the scheme are being completed in accordance with supplemental agreements reached with the client.”
Wyllie’s departure from Costain was yesterday, ending his 14-year tenure with the company. He will leave in May.
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