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Crossrail contract breakdown reveals biggest winners

More than £3.3bn-worth of major construction contracts has been handed out by Crossrail during the delivery of the multi-billion-pound mega-project, Construction News can reveal.

Some of the UK’s biggest contractors have picked up work across 67 major construction contracts over the lifetime of the rail project.

The data was obtained from Crossrail following a freedom of information request submitted by Construction News, which sought a breakdown of all construction contracts let directly by the client worth more than £100,000, up to 1 February 2017.

Between the project achieving royal assent in July 2008 and a Costain / Alstom / TSO JV bagging the last major Crossrail contract in August last year, nearly 30 firms have landed major construction deals on the scheme.

Around 78 per cent (£2.64bn) of the £3.33bn-worth of major contracts has been delivered by joint ventures, with the remaining 22 per cent (£796m) undertaken by single suppliers.

The biggest winner on the project has been Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier’s BFK consortium, which secured the highest value of work through two contracts worth a combined total of nearly £677m.

The second most successful team was Dragados and Sisk’s joint venture, which was chosen for the £479.4m contract to deliver the Eastern running tunnels, boring more than 10 km of tunnels between Farringdon in the west and Royal Victoria Dock in the east.

Crossrail contractor teams by value of contracts won

 ContractorsDealsValue won
1 BFK (Bam / Ferrovial / Kier) 2 £676.9m
2 Dragados John Sisk 1 £479.4m
3 Costain / Skanska JV 6 £376.4m
4 ATC JV (Alstom / TSO / Costain) 2 £318.6m
5 BBMV (Balfour / Bemo / Morgan Sindall / Vinci) 2 £246.8m
6 Laing O’Rourke 5 £246.1m
7 HMJV (Hochtief / Murphy) 1 £189.6m
8 BMV (Bam / Morgan Sindall / Vinci) 1 £109.7m
9 Vinci 3 £82.9m
10 Balfour Beatty 3 £80.7m
11 BNK JV (Bam Nuttall and Kier) 2 £62.2m
12 VolkerFitzpatrick 2 £59.5m
13 Morgan Sindall 2 £52.7m
14 Siemens Invensys JV 1 £50.6m
15 LORS JV (Laing O’Rourke / Strabag) 1 £44.8m
16 Siemens 1 £43.3m
17 Alstom / Costain JV 2 £40.7m
18 Bam Nuttall / Van Oord JV 1 £40.6m
19 Carillion 3 £35.0m
20 Costain 1 £30.3m
21 Knorr Bremse 1 £27.4m
22 ITM 1 £18.7m
23 Bam Nuttall 2 £9.6m
24 J Murphy & Sons 3 £95.5m
25 McGee Group 2 £5.8m
26 John F Hunt Demolition Group 1 £3.2m
27 Select Plant Hire (Laing O’Rourke) 3 £1.7m
28 Keltbray 3 £1.5m
29 McNicholas Construction Services 2 £1.1m
30 RGB 2 £0.34m
31 SIMS 1 £0.18m

A Costain and Skanska JV was the third biggest winner in terms of value, securing six contracts worth a total £376.4m.

Costain also worked alongside Alstom and TSO as part of the ATC JV, which scooped the fourth biggest haul at £318.6m, followed by the BBMV consortium of Balfour Beatty, Bemo, Morgan Sindall and Vinci on £246.8m.

Laing O’Rourke was sixth overall with five wins totalling £246.1m – the highest placing by a single-contractor team, with its contracts including the Liverpool Street station main works and fit-out.

The overall top 10 featured two other standalone winners: Vinci with three contracts worth £83m, and Balfour Beatty also with three deals valued at £81m.

Costain has been among the most involved of Crossrail’s contractors, with 10 contracts as a standalone winner worth a total of £30.3m, in addition to its role in joint ventures with Skanska and with Alstom and TSO.

Crossrail was unable to list the contract values for two of the 67 contracts: Costain and Skanska’s Thames Water Utilities Monitoring contract and Kier’s Whitechapel steel decking job.

Of the consultants, Bechtel secured the £400m project delivery partner role back in 2009, while a joint venture between CH2M, Nichols and Aecom bagged the £100m programme partner contract.

Engineers Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Capita, Jacobs and WSP have all worked on the project as part of Crossrail’s design framework.

In 2007 Crossrail secured a funding envelope of more than £15.9bn but this was changed in 2010 when a value-for-money review of project saw the envelope reduced to £14.8bn, excluding rolling stock costs.

Last June in an update to parliament on the project, the then rail minister Claire Perry revealed that the total expenditure on Crossrail up until May 2016 was £9.25bn.

She also stated that the project was nearly 75 per cent complete and was still expected to be delivered within its stated £14.8bn funding envelope.

The next parliamentary update outlining total expenditure and progress is expected to be delivered in late June or early July after the general election.

The breakdown of Crossrail’s construction contracts comes after the Conservatives appeared to drop plans for a second multi-billion-pound Crossrail line through London from their manifesto last week.

The party had committed to the delivery of Crossrail 2 in its 2015 manifesto but failed to include any such pledge in its latest document, despite reaffirming its commitment to delivering other major transport projects such as Northern Powerhouse Rail and High Speed 2.

The government has come under increasing pressure in recent months from MPs and the mayor of London’s office to back the line or risk stunting the capital’s economic growth and seeing serious bottlenecks at stations across the city.

This month is expected to see the first Elizabeth line trains operational on the TfL line between Liverpool Street main line and Shenfield.

It comes ahead of the opening of the first phase of the Elizabeth line, which is expected to see services running between Paddington and Abbey Wood by December 2018.

Through services from Shenfield to Paddington are then set to be operational by May 2019, before the line is scheduled to open fully with services extending to Heathrow and Reading by December 2019.

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