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Skanska/Bam Nuttall wins Ordsall Chord rail job

A Skanska/Bam Nuttall joint venture has won a key Northern Hub railway scheme contract worth around £200M, NCE understands.

The joint venture beat off competition from Morgan Sindall/Carillion and Laing O’Rourke. The work is set to include construction of key structures in Manchester city centre.

These include the Ordsall Chord – a new viaduct that will for the first time create a link between Victoria and Piccadilly stations - as well as improvements to the railway around Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations.

The contract award is in the standstill period, as set out in European Union procurement rules.

The joint venture has been brought in early, as Network Rail is still going through the planning process for the different works.

Last month it submitted an application for a Transport and Works Act Order covering the Ordsall Chord work with the aim of starting work in late 2014/early 2015.

Options are still being consulted on, or are in the early planning stages for the Oxford Road and Piccadilly station works.

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