The design team behind Spanish contractor Dragados’ winning bid for the £563M Bank station capacity upgrade project has been revealed as led by consultant URS.
Dragados pipped three UK-led consortiums to the sought-after contract last month.
At contract award, client London Underground defended the decision to award to a Spanish team, citing its “largely UK-based supply chain”.
Part of that supply chain has now been revealed to be URS. While now US-owned, much of the firm’s UK staff are from the former Scott Wilson.
The firm is now co-locating with Dragados to carry out detailed design on the job, with around 60 URS staff expected to work on the 150-strong project team.
URS rail director Ian Hay said it was a strong team and said accusations by unsuccessful bidders that Dragados had simply bid low to win the work were “unfair”.
“Dragados is internationally renowned with a fantastic track record,” he said. “Similarly URS is a global organisation with a similarly fantastic track record.”
In its role as lead designer URS will also be responsible for the work of architect Wilkinson Eyre and tunnel design specialist Dr Sauer & Partners.
Dr Sauer & Partners was founded in Austria in 1979 and operates in the UK from Surbiton.