Invitations to tender for Crossrail’s third and final tunnelling contract have been delayed because of ongoing negotiations with project sponsor and developer Berkeley Homes.
The contract is for the tunnel under the river Thames from the Royal Docks to south east London via the Woolwich Station box which is expected to be funded by Berkeley Homes.
Crossrail tunnelling boss Bill Tucker told a conference in London that plans to publish the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice for the complex river tunnel at the same time as those for the first station build contracts have been ditched.
“We’ve got to balance sponsor commitment against review points.”
Bill Tucker, Crossrail Central
“We’ve got to balance sponsor commitment against review points to ratify that we can build to schedule and cost,” said Tucker, Crossrail Central’s director for tunnels, portals and shafts.
“We now know that [the notices for the Thames Tunnel drive] won’t be with the first station contracts as we initially thought.”
Developer Berkeley Homes has responsibility for delivering the station box at Woolwich − which sits within the tunnel drive − but it is understood that detailed negotiations over funding are ongoing. Until these are resolved, the full scope of works cannot be confirmed.
Tucker said that OJEU notices for the first station contracts at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road would be published “imminently”. Invitations to tender are expected to follow in December with contract awards due to take place in mid-2010.
He added that contractors will be able to bid for the two stations separately and if they can offer a competitive joint bid for both it is possible that the two stations could go to one bidder.