Crossrail has awarded its first central London station contract to a Costain/Skanska joint venture.
The £250M deal to build Paddington station’s 260m long, 25m wide and 23m deep underground box was awarded this morning.
The award came after head of procurement Martin Rowark told NCE’s London Rail conference last week that Paddington and Farringdon station contracts would be among the first awarded.
Paddington had to be awarded early as it is on the critical path with tunnel boring machines due to pass through the largely complete box next year.
Farringdon’s £375M deal must also be among the first so that works can integrate with Network Rail’s work to rebuild its mainline rail and Tube stations
It will be awarded alongside the £250M Whitechapel station contract later this year. The £200M Bond Street contract, £200M Tottenham Court Road contract and £300M Liverpool Street contract will be awarded by spring 2012.
Programme director Andy Mitchell told NCE in April that bid deadlines are being staggered to allow the market to cope with the tendering process.
Today Mitchell reiterated that competition was strong. “Crossrail has reached a further important milestone with the award of the first main construction contract for the central London stations. The tendering process for the six stations has generated a huge amount of interest from the construction industry with very competitive bids received for the Paddington contract,” he said.
Firms in the frame for Farringdon are a Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci joint venture, a Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman/Kier Construction joint venture, Costain and and a Laing O’Rourke/Strabag joint venture.
The Bond Street shortlist includes a Costain/Skanska JV, a Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial/Kier JV, Laing O’Rourke Construction and Lend Lease Construction. The Tottenham Court Road shortlist includes Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial/Kier JV, a Dragados/Sisk JV, Laing O’Rourke Construction, and Lend Lease Construction. The Liverpool Street station shortlist features a Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci JV, a Costain/Skanska JV, a Dragados/Sisk JV and Laing O’Rourke Construction. The Whitechapel shortlist includes a Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci JV, a Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial/Kier JV, a Costain/Skanska JV and a Dragados/Sisk JV.