Crossrail and Bond Street

9 February 2010

Crossrail has awarded its final five design contracts totalling £13.8M (US$22.3M), and its parent Transport for London (TfL) has called on the three prequalified JVs to submit bids for redevelopment of Bond Street station on the middle of the new line.

Three of the last design contracts on the Crossrail project were awarded last month to Mott MacDonald, the others being picked up by Parsons Brinckerhoff and Atkins, respectively. In total, 24 design contracts have been awarded.

Motts won design contracts with a combined value of £10M (US$16.2M) for Material & Workmanship Specifications (Package C102), the Paddington Integration Programme (C131) and Rolling Stock and Depots (C160). The contract values

are £3.5M (US$5.7M), £4.5M (US$7.3M) and £2M (US$3.2M), respectively.

The design contract for Custom House station (C146) was awarded to Atkins for £2M (US$3.2M).

Parsons Brinckerhoff won the Communications & Control Systems design contract (C170), which is valued at £1.8M (US$2.9M).

Preparatory work is underway on the site where a tunnel portal will be built at Royal Oak in west London. The construction contract will be awarded shortly. The design contract (C150) is with Capita Symonds, which also has the contracts (C156) for the North Woolwich and Plumstead portals.

Crossrail added that by the end of this year construction work will be underway at all new central section stations, tunnel portals and shafts. Main tunnelling with TBMs is to get underway from late 2011 from Royal Oak to east drive to Farringdon. Shortly after the westbound bores will begin from Docklands to Farringdon.

Almost 42km of 6.2m i.d. tunnel is to be bored for the £15.9bn (US$) twin-tube line that will run east-west through the heart of London. Crossrail said six EPBMs are to be used, and the two main tunnelling contracts are out to tender.

Separately, TfL is looking for bids from Balfour Beatty and JV of Taylor Woodrow and BAM Nuttall, and JV of Laing O’Rourke, Bachy Soletanche and Costain for redevelopment of Bond St station. Deadline for submissions is April for award by mid-year. Morgan Est, the fourth party that had prequalified, pulled out in December.

At the end of last year the client awarded a contract for redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road tube station to a

JV of Taylor Woodrow and

BAM Nuttall.