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Transcend to manage Crossrail

The Transcend consortium of AECOM, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group has won the £100M Crossrail programme partner contract to manage the overall scheme. The £400M project delivery partner contract announcement has been delayed for up to a week.

The appointment was made yesterday at the meeting of the Transport for London (TfL) board, where Crossrail’s choices were presented.

NCE understands that the £400M project delivery partner role announcement will now be delayed by around a week.

The £100M Programme Partner contract will integrate with clients Crossrail to coordinate eight separate strands:

  1. Overground rail sections built by Network Rail and Scott Wilson,

  2. The construction of Woolwich station by Berkeley Homes,

  3. The construction of the Isle of Dogs station by the Canary Wharf Group,

  4. Tube links with London Underground,

  5. Various utility companies,

  6. BAA at Heathrow

  7. Other parties with a stake – such as the Olympic Delivery Authority.

  8. The project delivery partner

The final player under the programme partner is the largest single contract to be let by Crossrail – the £400M Project Delivery Partner role to manage the central London tunnelled sections. The winning bid for this contract is exected to be announced next week.

Competing for the contract are: the Bechtel-led group, Legacy 3 - a joint venture between Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, Balfour Beatty Management Ltd and Davis Langdon Programme Management Ltd, Laing O’Rourke Holdings Limited and Atkins, and a joint venture between Capita Symonds Ltd and NNN Ltd.

The scope of this contract takes Crossrail into the realm of the mega-project, to drive 5 Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) beneath London, creating 22km of twin-bored 6m diameter tunnels.

The two contracts will take the project along the ‘optimised contractor involvement’ path developed by procurement guru Steve Rowsell, to minimise the quantity of detailed design by contractors when ground breaking begins in 2010, and project manage until the project completes in 2017.

The dozen companies already confirmed on Crossrail design frameworks will competitively tender for three-quarters of the design for tunnels and shafts, central stations, portals, rail systems, communications and control systems, architectural components and materials and work specifications.

Transcend will have the right to step-in and take over the management of separate projects it feels are not running to time or budget.

In line with European procurement requirements there now follows a minimum ten day stand-still period before the award of the contract can be confirmed.

Crossrail will be Europe’s largest construction project. When completed in 2017 it will be the biggest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years.

Announcing the intention to award the programme partner contract, Douglas Oakervee, Executive Chairman of Crossrail said: “This is another landmark moment for Crossrail. I am delighted to announce the award of this contract after such a competitive procurement process. The quality, expertise and enthusiasm of all the bidders has been exceptional.

“With the appointment of Transcend, the Crossrail project team will be joined by world class expertise to oversee the project management of this new railway,” he said.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “During tough times for our economy it is incredibly satisfying to be able to announce a further step forwards for a project that will employ 14,000 people at the peak of construction. The jobs will provide a crucial boost to London during the recession and in the long term the project offers the prospect of better travel and a higher quality of life in the capital.

“I am determined that Londoners from all over our city be able to take advantage of the opportunity to work on this mammoth enterprise,” he said.

Transport minister Lord Adonis said: “Crossrail is vital to the economic future of London and the UK and this latest step will deliver a major boost to the construction industry at a time when it is needed the most. When complete, Crossrail will enable the creation of thousands of additional jobs across London and the South East through vastly improved access to major employment centres.”

Sample Transcend projects:

CH2M Hill:

  • 2012 Olympic Games

  • Dounreay Decommissioning

  • Windscale Decommissioning

  • California high speed rail programme


  • World Trade Centre transport hub

  • Second Avenue Subway Rail System

  • Nottingham tram

  • Tren Urbano Rail System, Puerto Rico

  • Pentagon renovation

Nichols Group:

  • Airdrie-Bathgate rail enhancement

  • Crossrail project initiation

  • Highways Agency costs report

  • ERTMS signalling

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