Shortlist for Crossrail running tunnels contracts
Shortlist for Crossrail running tunnels contracts Dec 2009
Shani Wallis, Editor
Crossrail Ltd has confirmed today (Dec 4, 2009) the shortlisted contractors selected to bid for its two principal tunnelling contracts under the centre of London.
The shortlist comprises the following joint ventures:
  • Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd, Morgan Est plc, VINCI Construction, and Beton-und Monierbau;
  • BAM Nuttall Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, and Keir Construction Ltd;
  • Costain Ltd, Skanska Construction UK Ltd, and Bilfinger Berger Civil (Ingeneirbau GmbH);
  • Dragados, S.A. and John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd;
  • Laing O'Rourke Construction and Bouygues Travaux Publics SA.
The publication of this shortlist marks commencement of the formal tender process for two of Crossrail’s three bored tunnel contracts. Technical information packs will be supplied to the bidders in December with the balance of tender documents issued in early January 2010.
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Crossrail's underground route beneath London

The shortlisted bidders will tender for the total 18km of the route that comprise the two tunnelling contracts:
Package C300: The Western Running Tunnels for 6.2km of twin 6.2m diameter bored tunnels from a portal at Royal Oak (west of Paddington Station) through to the new Crossrail Farringdon Station, and including a crossover at Fisher Street.
Package C305: The Eastern Running Tunnels for twin 6.2m diameter bored tunnels in three drives - 8.3km from a portal at Limmo Peninsular through to the new Crossrail Farringdon station; 2.7km from a launch chamber at Stepney Green through to Pudding Mill Lane Portal; and 900m from a portal at Limmo Peninsula through to Victoria Dock Portal.
Contracts are expected to be awarded by mid-2010. Invitation to tender the Thames River Tunnel to Woolwich was planned to be tendered at the same time as the central two tunnelling contracts but has been deferred to suit project cash flow and capital draw down better.
Andy Mitchell, Programme Director, Crossrail said: "Crossrail has now started the formal tendering process for the total 21km of new twin-bore rail tunnels that are required by Crossrail. The initail two contracts will form the centrepiece of the project underneath central London and will link the Great Eastern and Great Western National Rail lines. Such is the scale of this undertaking that Crossrail will next year open a dedicated Tunnelling Academy which will provide Londoners with the necessary skills to work in a variety of tunnelling roles and is expected to train up to 3,000 people by 2015."
Upon award, the successful contractors will commence procurement of tunnel boring machines in accordance with Crossrail specifications; designing and constructing of tunnel segment manufacturing facilities to ensure sufficient supply of tunnel segments are available upon commencement of tunnelling; conducting constructability reviews of the detailed design with Crossrail framework design consultants; and initiating other construction planning, temporary works design and permitting activities in support of site mobilisation.
Tunnelling is scheduled to commence in late 2011 and in accordance with Crossrail programme milestones.
London’s eye on the underground - TunnelTalk, Aug 2009
Crossrail launches construction phase - TunnelTalk, Aug 2009
Crossrail planning and mobilization to date - TunnelTalk, July 09, June 09, May 09
Crossrail's official website

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