First Crossrail station contract award Jul 2011
Crossrail News Release
Crossrail has awarded the first of its six underground central London station contracts to the Costain-Skanska Joint Venture.
Impression of Paddington Station

Impression of Paddington Station

In line with European procurement rules the £250m contract to build Paddington Crossrail Station is now subject to a ten day standstill period.
Crossrail Programme Director Andy Mitchell said: "Crossrail has reached a further important milestone with the award of the first main construction contract for the central London stations."
"The tendering process for the six stations has generated a huge amount of interest from the construction industry with very competitive bids received for the Paddington contract. The main construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel stations will be the next awarded later this year, and the remaining ones for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street will be awarded by Spring 2012."
Earlier this year Crossrail confirmed the shortlist for all six station contracts, which together are worth an estimated £1.5 billion. The total cost of the project is estimated at £14.5 billion. Costain is on the list for Farringdon, and in JV with Skanska for the Bond Street, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel station contracts.
Intensive construction for Paddington Station will get underway later this year. Enabling works at the site began in August 2010 and since then numerous utilities have been relocated away from the area of the new station box, which will sit 23m deep directly underneath Departures Road and Eastbourne Terrace.
Crossrail's central London drives

Crossrail's central London drives

When completed Crossrail will run 118km from Maidenhead to Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
At the peak of construction, between 2013 and 2015, an estimated 14,000 people will be employed.
Tunnelling is expected to start in Spring next year, and already six TBMs – all of the EPBM design - have been ordered from Herrenknecht of Germany.
The first two are scheduled to arrive in London in early 2012 ahead of being launched from Royal Oak in Spring 2012. The next two for the eastern running tunnels from Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon will arrive in mid 2012, and the next set for the drives from Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane will come to site later in 2012.
Operating at almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year the 6.16km western tunnels are scheduled to be completed by the third quarter of 2013. The 12km of tunnels east of Farringdon are expected to be completed a year later.
Bids called for remaining Crossrail stations - TunnelTalk, April 2011
Herrenknecht lands central Crossrail TBMs - TunnelTalk, May 2011
Scheduling for success at Crossrail - TunnelTalk, April 2011

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