Key players in the UK construction market – Costain, Laing O’Rourke, Vinci, Bachy, Ferrovial, Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty – have been named as the preferred bidders to build the £4.2bn mega sewer tunnel under the River Thames, it has been revealed.
Thames Tideway Tunnel has selected three joint ventures (JVs) to build the west, central and east sections of the tunnel.
The winning bids are as follows:
West BMB JV (Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty)
Central FLO JV (Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke)
East CVB JV (Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche)
Thames Tideway Tunnel chief executive Andy Mitchell said the bidders were selected for their ability to deliver the scale of work ahead.
“We have selected our preferred bidders to work on the three main works packages because we have absolute faith in their ability to carry out these major pieces of work safely, considerately and sustainably and we are looking forward to working with them to offer the thousands of jobs that will help make this project a reality,” he said.
“This is not just an engineering project, this is about reconnecting London with its river by cleaning it up and making it something that is integral to our city, for the growing population, thriving businesses and to increase leisure uses. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in improving London’s environment and economy and we’re very excited for what the future holds.”
The Thames Tideway Tunnel project will create more than 4,000 direct sustainable jobs, and another 5,000 jobs through the supply chain.
The contracts are expected to be formally awarded in the summer, when the investors who will be chosen to finance and deliver the project as the Infrastructure Provider, are announced.