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Major contracts awarded for the big Crossrail jobs

Teams comprising Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier and Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci are set to be the winners of two of Crossrail’s major station works contracts worth around £625M, NCE understands.

Client Crossrail was expected to make a formal announcement about the winning bids this week.

Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction (BFK) are expected to be revealed as the winners of the estimated £375M C435 contract for Farringdon station main works while Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, with Morgan Sindall Group and Vinci Construction Grands Projets (BMV) will take the likely £250M C512 contract for Whitechapel station main works.

For the Farringdon job, BFK has beaten off bids from a Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci joint venture, a Costain/Skanska joint venture and Laing O’Rourke/Strabag.

For the Whitechapel job, BMV beat off the BFK group along with Costain/Skanska and a joint venture of Dragados and John Sisk & Son.

Crossrail would not confirm exact dates for awarding the central London station contracts but had previously said it did expect the Whitechapel and Farringdon contracts to be let before the end of the year with the remaining station contracts − Liverpool Street, Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road − following in 2012.

After the award in July of the £250M Paddington station contract to the Costain/Skanska joint venture, it means that Laing O’Rourke is the only major player shortlisted not to win a major station deal on the scheme’s central section so far. But Laing O’Rourke has been building the Crossrail Canary Wharf station for private developer Canary Wharf Group.

It is also still in the running for all three remaining central station contracts, all of which it is bidding for without Strabag.

In all three cases it is up against the same joint ventures that have beaten it to the stations awarded to date.

In addition, Lend Lease is bidding for Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations. These are the least technically challenging contracts because much of the riskier tunnelling work will have been carried out under main tunnelling and enabling works contracts.

Laing O’Rourke is already working at Bond Street, where it is carrying out the £300M upgrade of the Tube station in joint venture with Costain for Transport for London.

The main construction contracts for the six central London Crossrail stations are currently worth £1.5bn (see box). The overall project is still expected to be delivered for £14.5bn.

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