The Mersey Gateway Project has approved a revision to the MGL consortium bidding for the six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey.
Bam Nuttall will replace Galliford Try Investments Ltd on one of the three consortia bidding for the project. Halton Borough Council has formally reassessed the consortium prior to the expected announcement of a preferred bidder in spring 2013.
Mersey Gateway project director Steve Nicholson said consortium changes on projects this big “are not unusual”, adding that Bam Nuttall’s replacement of Galliford Try on one of the bid teans “shows there is a high level of interest in delivering this project”.
The MGL consortium is made up of Bam Nuttall, Hochtief PPP Solutions GmbH and Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras.
A second consortium includes Balfour Beatty, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Egis Projects, while the Merseylink consortium comprises Macquarie Capital Group, Bilfinger Berger Project Investments, Vialia Sociedad Gestora de Concesiones de Infraestructuras and FCC Construccion.
The scheme is estimated to bring in 4,640 new jobs and £61.9 million a year in gross value added.
Another bridge, the Silver Jubilee Bridge, will also be tolled in the project.
Construction work is expected to start in late 2013 and the new bridge is expected to take around three years to complete.