Crossrail has announced a shortlist for the £400m fit-out of its new rail tunnels with 12 companies in five teams including a sole bid by Balfour Beatty Rail and Laing O’Rourke and Costain joint ventures.
The shortlisted bidders are:
- Alstom Transport / TSO / Costain Ltd Joint Venture
- Balfour Beatty Rail Ltd
- BAM Nuttal Ltd / Ferrovial Agroman SA / Kier Construction Ltd Joint Venture
- Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd / Volker Rail Joint Venture
- Rhomberg Bahntechnik GmbH / Alpine Bau GmbH / FCC Construccion SA Joint Venture
The tunnel boring machines were unveiled in London last week by Mayor Boris Johnson and transport secretary Justine Greening and the eight TBMs will construct a total of 21km in underground tunnels by the time work has completed.
Crossrail Programme Director Andy Mitchell said: “Tunnel fit-out will be one of the largest contracts to be let by Crossrail and will create further employment opportunities as well as providing a welcome boost to regional suppliers.
“We received significant interest from the rail and construction industry with a large number of responses received. Contract will be awarded in early 2013, providing the chosen contractor with sufficient time to undertake detailed design and planning before fit-out work commences in 2014.”
The winning contractor for the job will be expected to take on jobseekers and apprentices under the terms of its contract, trained at the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy at Ilford.
As construction of the tunnels concludes, work will get underway to fit-out the tunnels with the necessary track and overhead power equipment to enable Crossrail trains to operate from 2018.
This will include the installation of over 40km of track, overhead electric conductor rails to power the trains as well as ventilation and drainage systems.
The new Crossrail tunnels will also require over 50 ventilation fans, 40km of walkways, 60 drainage pumps, 30km of fire mains as well as lighting throughout the entire length.
The fit-out works will be carried out within the entire tunnelled section of the Crossrail route between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals. It is envisaged that the selected contractor will start fit-out simultaneously from both Royal Oak and Plumstead portals.
Tender documents will be issued to shortlisted organisations in April 2012. The tunnel fit-out works will be completed by 2017/18.
When C610 works begin, the contractors providing high-voltage power, communication and signalling systems will work alongside the C610 teams to complete the fit-out of the tunnels. These works will be let as separate contracts.