Crossrail awards central station contracts Nov 2011
Crossrail News Release
Crossrail has awarded the estimated £375 million contract for its central Farringdon station to the BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman/Kier JV with Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci taking the estimated £250 million Whitechapel station.
  • Faringdon Station

    Faringdon Station

  • Whitechapel Station

    Whitechapel Station

Both contracts involve major SCL excavations to create new deep-level station caverns in the London Clay geology beneath the capital with complex cross-passages and supporting infrastructure to enable Crossrail to connect with existing London Underground and mainline railway stations on the surface.

An impression of the upgraded Paddington Station

Competing groups for the Farringdon station were Balfour Beatty/Alpine BeMo/Morgan Sindall/Vinci, Costain/Skanska JV; and a JV comprising Laing O'Rourke/Strabag. The three competitors for the Whitechapel contract were Costain/Skanska JV, BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial/Kier JV and the Dragados/Sisk JV.
In total Crossrail has six central London station contracts to let for an estimated total value of £1.5 billion. The Costain/Skanska JV won the first Paddington station contract in July. The remaining three - Bond Street (estimated value £200 million), Liverpool Street (£300 million) and Tottenham Court Road (£200 million) – will be let early next year.
Crossrail Programme Director Andy Mitchell said: "Crossrail contracts continue to generate significant construction industry interest. As with the Paddington station contract earlier this year, high quality bids were received for both Farringdon and Whitechapel stations."
He added: "Work is progressing along the Crossrail route ahead of tunnelling which is due to start next Spring. Manufacture of our TBMs is advancing, the first of the tunnel portals is now complete, and the new Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy has welcomed its first students."

Crossrail's route under London includes 21km of twin-bored tunnels

When built 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.
All eight TBMs to work on Crossrail, six EPBMs and two slurry Mixshields, have been ordered from Herrenknecht.
The first two for the BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial/Kier JV are scheduled to arrive in London in early 2012 ahead of being launched from Royal Oak for the western running tunnels in Spring. The next two for the eastern running tunnels from Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon for the Dragados/Sisk JV will arrive in mid 2012 with the third set, for the drives from Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane, coming to site later in 2012.
Operating 24hr a day, 7 days a week, and almost 365 days a year, the 6.16km western tunnels are scheduled to be complete by the third quarter of 2013 with the 12km of tunnels east of Farringdon expected to holethrough a year later.
Shortlists for remaining Crossrail stations - TunnelTalk, April 2011
First Crossrail station contract award - TunnelTalk, July 2011
All Crossrail TBMs in the Herrenknecht basket - TunnelTalk, Sep 2011

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