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NCE Daily update Tuesday 8 April: Suppliers picked for £330M London Underground stations programme

London Underground has picked 20-plus suppliers to deliver a £330M stations programme set to make 70 stations fit for the next decade.

London Underground has selected suppliers to modernise 70 stations over the next seven years in a £330M “station stabilisation” programme.

Stations will be imprved with upgraded flooring, walls and ceilings, CCTV systems and electrical equipment including energy-efficient lighting.

London Underground (LU) has selected more than 20 contractors and three design firms to bring a new innovative and collaborative approach to the work, which will see 70 stations modernised and maintained to a common standard that will mean no significant further work should be needed for ten further years. Stations that will benefit from the work include Embankment, Paddington, Earls Court, South Kensington and Charing Cross.

The Programme will use LU’s Stake delivery model, designed to create greater efficiency by reducing sub-contractor layers in the supply chain. LU will be engaging directly with small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to employ the craftspeople who will deliver work on-site.

The appointed contractors and designers are:

Contractors: Wingate, Delatim, Giffin Group, Atkins, Fourway, Magnolia, Emerald, Close Brothers, Livis, DMC, Excel, K&M McLoughlin, JNG, HA Marks, AGS, Community Clean, UKDN Waterflow, Lanes Group, Hillmore Fire Protection, Young & Young Security, TRAD Scaffolding, Millcroft

Designers: Atkins, Jacobs, Capita.


Programme management and construction consultancy Turner & Townsend has delivered Chester Cathedral’s ‘Cathedral at Height’ project, which will allow visitors to reach its tower for the first time.

The £1.3M development for Dean and Chapter, Cheshire West and Chester Council (the funder), Turner & Townsend has worked as project and cost manager on the scheme since January 2013.

Extensive and highly sensitive works have been undertaken to make safe and accessible the cathedral tower, tower roof, bell-ringing chamber and bell-frame chamber. The bell-ringing chamber has been transformed into a interactive exhibition space. The top of the tower now features a new visitor walkway and interpretative panels. The medieval staircases have been repaired and stonemasons have worked in the elevated galleries.

The public opening of the tower is due this month.

A Mott MacDonald/Grontmij (MMG) joint venture is to carry out a technical assurance role on A160/A180 road improvements

The Port of Immingham improvement scheme near Grimsby is being developed by the Highways Agency.

Works include the upgrade of the 4.6km long A160 single carriageway to a dual carriageway, junction enhancements and the construction of a new link road and gyratory system and new bridges.

“Our focus will be to work collaboratively with Costain and its partners to deliver an efficient and innovative integrated design and apply lean practices which will deliver added-value to the Highways Agency,” said MMG director Stephen Russell. “We look forward to delivering this project through the development stage and ultimately through to the road opening stage, which is currently planned for 2016.”

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