Invitations to tender for the main contract on Crossrail’s Paddington Integrated Project are expected this week - after initially being scheduled to arrive last December.
It is understood that the award of the 18-month job - part of preparations at the west London station for Crossrail - was originally scheduled for March.
But no progress has been made since pre-qualification documents were submitted by interested contractors in late November.
As many as six firms could be shortlisted for the contract, worth about £40 million and also known as contract C272.
It is thought that Carillion, which has already won the early works contract on the project, and VolkerFitzpatrick submitted PQQs. Balfour Beatty, Kier and Laing O’Rourke are all rumoured to be interested in the contract, while Morgan Est and Hochtief were both thought to be keen on the job given their involvement in other works at the station.
A Crossrail spokesperson told Construction News that delays to procurement were caused by design changes on the scheme, which is located on a heritage site, and negotiations between the major stakeholders on the project -
Network Rail, London Underground and Crossrail.
“The delay has been caused by the management of the interests of a multitude of stakeholders on PIP. This has led to a protracted design development process, which has pushed the procurement process back.”
Crossrail is still obtaining planning permission for the project, having submitted an application in March, which has received the backing of CABE.
A source at one contractor said they had heard nothing from Crossrail since the PQQs were submitted.
“We constantly chase the projects we’re after and all we ever get from them refers us to [procurement portal] Bravo.
“It’s bizarre that they can’t even tell you what is going on. The next thing will be ridiculously short tender periods.”
Another source said: “Everything seems to be on track with Crossrail but there are question marks over the next step. With Network Rail Crossrail projects that are supposed to be going ahead all we get is radio silence.”
Work to be carried out under C272, according to the contract notice published in OJEU, includes construction of a shell and core for a relocated Hammersmith & City Line underground station, as well as resurfacing works and construction of a roof structure on to an existing reinforced concrete deck known as the Red Star Deck.
The successful contractor will also have to install lifts and escalators, build a new taxi rank, and carry out work for Network Rail on platform 12 of the main railway station.