Roll out of final tunnel contracts for Crossrail Mar 2011
Shani Wallis, TunnelTalk
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Major engineering and contracting companies engaged on the Crossrail project to December 2010
Programme Partner – Transcend, a JV of:
Project Delivery Partner – Crossrail Central, a team of:

ContractPackage descriptionEngaged firm
C100 Architectural Component Design
C146 Custom House Station
C102 Material & Workmanship Specification
C121 Sprayed Concrete Lining
C124 Railway Systems & Tunnel M&E Services
C131 Paddington Integrated Project
C138 Liverpool Street Station
C122 Bored Tunnels - Alignment & Track
C134 Tottenham Court Road
C123 Intermediate Shafts
C130 Paddington Station
C136 Farringdon Station
C152 Pudding Mill Lane
C164 Bulk Power Distribution & HV System
C132 Bond Street Station
C140 Whitechapel Station
C154 Victoria Dock Portal
C150 Royal Oak Portal
C156 North Woolwich & Plumstead Portal
C170 Communications & Control System
ContractPackage descriptionEngaged constructor
C300Running Tunnels West - Royal Oak to Farringdon
C410 Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road SCL stations tunnels and early access shafts
C305 Running Tunnels East - Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon; Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock; Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane
C510 Whitechapel and Liverpool Street SCL station tunnels and early access shafts
C248Pudding Mill Lane Portal TBM reception chamber
Canary Wharf station delivery by sub-partner Canary Wharf Group
C701 Instrumentation Monitoring
C200 Pudding Mill Lane -Site Facilities
C210 Liverpool Street Station Advance Works Package 2
C245 Whitechapel Station Civils, Demolition & Utilities
C240 Bond Street - Civils
C244 Whitechapel Station Civils 1 – Steel Deck Over East London Line
C248 Pudding Mill Lane Portal – Civils, TBM reception chamber & 400kV diversion, diaphragm walls
C330 Royal Oak Portal Civils
C271 Paddington Integrated Project – Advanced works
The last of the underground and tunnelling contracts for London's multi-billion Crossrail project, are set for award in early 2011. Among the first is the Thames Tunnel sand although not confirmed by Crossrail, TunnelTalk has learned that the Hochtief-Murphy JV is in poll position for the East London river crossing. An award of C310 to Hochtief-Murphy would be a repeat of the CTRL (Channel Tunnel Rail Link) Thames Tunnel contract that the same JV completed in the early 2000s on which it deployed two Herrenknecht slurry TBMs.
Alignment of the Crossrail project beneath central London and under the Thames at Woolwich

Alignment of the Crossrail project beneath central London and under the Thames at Woolwich

Award of the Thames Tunnel "later in the year" as noted by Crossrail follows award in December 2010 of the two principal running tunnelling contracts under the streets of central London. C300 for the 6.2km of twin 6.2m diameter Western Running Tunnels from Royal Oak to Farringdon is with BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman/Kier JV, and Dragados/John Sisk & Son JV has the C305 Eastern Running Tunnels contract for 8.3km of 6.2m diameter bored tunnels in three drives from Limmo Peninsula west to Farringdon, from Limmo Peninsula east to Victoria Dock, and from Stepney Green north to Pudding Mill Lane.
Also awarded in December last year was contract C410 for early access shafts and sprayed concrete lining works for the Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road Crossrail stations. The work was awarded to the C300 west running tunnels JV BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman/Kier to take advantage of having the same contractor on both contract. The cost-efficiencies include the alternative to drive the TBMs through the station zones first and break out the segmental tunnels to enlarge the SCL station platform tunnels.
Contract C510 for early access shafts and SCL works for the Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations on the east running tunnels alignment was awarded to Alpine BeMo/Balfour Beatty/ Morgan Sindall/Vinci JV.

Life-size station model under construction

C310, the third and last major tunnelling contract to be awarded, will take the twin tube alignment under the Thames between portals at Plumstead, south of the river, and North Woolwich on the north side. As with the CTRL operation before it, two soft ground TBMs, most likely of the same slurry design, will excavated the two 2.5km long drives.
On the alignment is the Woolich Station, which is now a firm element of the project. Under an agreement with the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Crossrail Ltd and Greenwich Council, the station box will be privately funded by developer Berkeley Homes. The agreement cancel earlier doubt about the ability to secure funding for the added station. Berkeley Homes will deliver an excavated station box which could be converted into a complete station in the future.
Also to be awarded soon is C315 for refurbishment of the old Connaught Tunnel that is to be enlarged and incorporated on the Crossrail alignment south to Abbey Wood. The tunnel 550m long brick-lined was built in the 1870s and has been closed since late 2006 when part of the former North London main rail line to Docklands was taken out of service. Proposals from four shortlisted prequalifiers are currently in evaluation for the contract:
• Hochtief/J Murphy JV
• BAM Nuttall
• VolkerFitzpatrick Barhale JV
Proposals are also invited from four prequalifiers for the C435 underground construction works for Farringdon Station in central London. As a key station on the route and a major passenger hub for Tube and rail services, the scale of the new Crossrail station is vast, stretching from Farringdon to the Barbican. More than 140 trains/hr are expected to flow through the Farringdon interchange when completed, making it one of Britain's busiest train stations. Farringdon is also the meeting point of the two major tunnelling drives. Proposals are invited for the Contract from:
A Crossrail station once in service

A Crossrail station once in service

• Balfour Beatty, Alpine BeMo, Morgan Sindall and Vinci JV;
• Costain Skanska JV;
• Laing O'Rourke and Strabag JV; and
• BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction JV.
In January, a shortlist of contractors were also invited to tender for the C405 Paddington main station construction works:
• Costain Skanska JV;
• Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci JV;
• BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction;
• Laing O'Rourke and Strabag JV
• Carillion
Tenders have also been invited from four contractors for the C350 civil works at Pudding Mill Lane Portal:
• Carillion
• Dragados/John Sisk & Son
• Morgan Sindall
Last month Crossrail started the tender process for the main works for a further four central London stations at Bond Street (C412), Liverpool Street (C502), Tottenham Court Road (C422) and Whitechapel (C512).
Speaking of the roll out of construction contracts to date, Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said: "With the major tunnelling contracts awarded last year, 2011 will be the year of the main station contract awards. Crossrail intends to award the main construction contracts for all central London stations by the end of the year." The total value of the six central London stations contracts along is £1.5 billion.
In other recent developments at Crossrail, applications have been received for replacement of Rob Holden as Chief Executive of Crossrail Limited. Holden tendered his resignation in January and while his exact date of departure is not announced, applications for his top job with Crossrail closed on 20 March. Holden’s replacement will take his seat Chief Executive on the Exectutive Committee of Crossrailwith
• David Allen, Finance Director
• Andy Mitchell, Programme Director
• Keith Berryman, Land and Property Director
• Martin Buck, Commercial Director
• Clinton Leeks OBE, Corporate Affairs Director
• Valerie Todd, Talent and Resources Director
He will sit also on the Crossrail Board of Directors with two other executive members David Allen and Andy Mitchell. Non-executive members Phil Gaffney, former Hong Kong MTR Managing Director, and Ian Brown CBE, former Managing Director of TfL London Rail, officially join the Board today (1 April 2011).
Crossrail awards tunnelling contracts - TunnelTalk, Dec 2010
Crossrail management mobilized - TunnelTalk, May 2009
Preparing the ground for Crossrail - TunnelTalk, Aug 2010
Rob Holden to leave Crossrail - TunnelTalk, Jan 2011
Biographies of members of the Main Board of Directors

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