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Crossrail contract delayed again - but for one week only promises Oakervee

Confirmation of the winner of Crossrail’s £400M project delivery partner role has been delayed for a second week.

Crossrail executive chairman Doug Oakervee confirmed that the award of the contract would be made once “technical issues” had been resolved.

The unexpected delay to last week’s planned announcement had been necessary to ensure complete compliance with strict European procurement rules, he said.

“We will be announcing [the award of the contract] before the end of next week,” Oakervee told NCE this week.

“There were one or two technical issues to resolve with the bidders but we are continuing with procurement in line with the Official Journal of the European Union process,” he added.

The project delivery partner contract is the most significant on Crossrail.

It had been expected to be made alongside the award of the smaller £100M programme manager contract last week which was handed to the Transcend consortium last week (see box).

Four bidders remain in the running: Legacy 3 (Parsons Brinckerhoff, Balfour Beatty Management, Davis Langdon); Bechtel/Halcrow/Systra; Laing O’Rourke/Atkins and a joint venture between Capita Symonds and NNN.

The winning consortium will design and manage the most complex and challenging part of the scheme. This is the 22km of 6m diameter twin-bored tunnels which will run beneath central London.

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