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Bechtel reduces its Crossrail workforce in wake of restructure

Bechtel has confirmed it is reducing the number of people it employs on the £15.9 billion Crossrail project.

Construction News revealed last month that Crossrail was merging its role with those of project delivery partner Bechtel and programme partner Transcend.

A smaller unit will be formed to oversee the huge rail link scheme. Contractors will be given more responsibilities over areas including health and safety, quality control and site security.

Two Bechtel health and safety workers will be redeployed from Crossrail to other projects.

Meanwhile, central section delivery director Cliff Mumm has moved back to the US to head up Bechtel’s North American civils business. He will be replaced on the Crossrail project by former High Speed 1 project director Ailie MacAdam.

A Bechtel spokesman said: “One of Bechtel’s strengths as a company is the ability to be flexible to changing client requirements. Bechtel is in the fortunate position of being much in demand and there are numerous opportunities available on our projects around the world.

“While it is correct that some employees will be leaving the Crossrail project as a result of the re-organisation, that does not necessarily mean that they will be leaving Bechtel. So far we have made no redundancies.”

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