London Underground has announced the winning team for the Northern Line Extension to Battersea.
The Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke joint venture has been selected for design and build contract following negotiations with the teams left in the bidding process.
A report will now be submitted to the secretary of state for transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and the decision should be approved by the end of the year.
Negotiations between Transport for London and the Ferrovial-O’Rourke JV are on-going, with a view to signing a contract in August.
It is hoped the works to build and operate the extension, which includes the new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea, will begin early next year and could be open by 2020.
The other tenderers comprised: a Bam Nuttall and Balfour Beatty JV; a Bechtel and Strabag JV; and a Costain, Dragados and Sir Robert McAlpine JV.
The JVs passed the prequalification exercise, which took place between March and July 2013, and should TfL fail to reach agreement with the preferred bidder it may reopen negotiations with those who have been stood down.