Tender deadlines for the complex £118M New Wear bridge in Sunderland have put back by a month, NCE has learnt this week.
Contractors hoping to build the 336m long, cable stayed crossing were originally expected to submit their bids by 20 March, according to construction industry analyst Glenigan. But this has now been delayed until 24 April.
Just two of the original four bidders remain in the competition after Balfour Beatty and Ferrovial pulled out earlier this year. The contract award is now being fought out between contractors Vinci and Graham Construction.
Client Sunderland City Council said it could not discuss the reasons for the delays. “As we’re in the procurement process, engaging with two prospective contractors, we cannot discuss the project in detail,” said the council in a statement.