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Crossrail: 'Good progress' on contracts after Lakesmere collapse

Crossrail has said “good progress” is being made over efforts to transfer contracts to other cladding specialists at four London stations in the wake of Lakesmere’s collapse. 

The project’s bosses are holding talks with Lakesmere’s administrators, Deloitte, and tier one contractors at Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel to switch contracts to new firms. 

“Arrangements are still being finalised but good progress has been made,” Crossrail commercial director Paul Grammer said today. 

Hampshire-based Lakesmere, which called in administrators last Thursday, was carrying out cladding work at five stations for the £14.8bn Crossrail project.

The 24 year-old firm’s demise was attributed to a “number of unprofitable contracts” in its UK business, with 109 staff having been made redundant. 

At Paddington, Crossrail said the Costain / Skanska joint venture has put in place its “own arrangements” to finish the work. Only a tenth of the work at Paddington has so far been completed, according to CN sources.  

CN reported yesterday that one option believed to be under consideration at Paddington was to retain Lakesmere staff currently working on site.

However, it is yet to be confirmed whether this is the approach being adopted by the Costain / Skanska JV.

At Tottenham Court Road, Crossrail stated that work was “nearing completion” when Lakesmere collapsed.

At Canary Wharf, Crossrail Limited has taken on the role of tier one contractor, following handover from Canary Wharf Group.

Costain and Skanska have been contacted for comment.

Lakesmere’s Crossrail projects

Station siteMain contractor
Canary Wharf Crossrail Ltd (following handover from Canary Wharf Group)
Liverpool Street Laing O’Roruke
Paddington Costain / Skanska JV
Tottenham Court Road Laing O’Roruke
Whitechapel Balfour Beatty / Morgan Sindall / Vinci JV

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