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Crossrail's Andy Mitchell named Thames Tideway CEO

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell has joined the Thames Tideway Tunnel as its new chief executive.

Former Crossrail programme director and board member Mr Mitchell, 53, will report to chairman Sir Neville Simms, who was appointed to the project last month.

Mr Mitchell will lead the development of a new company to finance and deliver the super sewer.

He told Construction News in October 2012 that Crossrail needed to be the “flag bearer” for the construction industry.

In March 2014, the planning inspectorate is due to conclude a six-month examination of an application for approval of construction work at 24 sites, from Acton in west London to Stratford in the east.

Ministers are expected to decide whether or not to accept the inspectors’ recommendation in September 2014.

Invitations to tender for the project’s Eastern and Western construction packages have been issued to the market, with the third and final Central package due to follow in April 2014.

The award of the construction contracts is scheduled for 2015, with the main tunnel works due to begin in 2016, lasting seven years.

Construction News revealed the 18 contractors shortlisted for the main construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel in October.

Sir Neville said: “The Thames Tideway Tunnel must continue to showcase all that is best about Britain’s capability to deliver complex civil engineering projects, on time and to budget.

“In Andy, we are privileged to have the services of a highly skilled individual who has been instrumental in doing this for Crossrail. His skills and experience are a natural fit for our project. I am personally thrilled to have him on the team.”

Mr Mitchell said: “As an engineer, I am passionate about the critical place well-functioning infrastructure has in driving prosperity and growth.

“Just like Crossrail, the Thames Tideway Tunnel is essential to the long-term social and economic well-being of the capital and the country. I am honoured and excited to have this opportunity to be in the vanguard of making the project a reality at last.

“Having been closely involved in its establishment at Crossrail, I am particularly looking forward to developing the Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy at the Thames Tideway Tunnel, ensuring the country has a ready and available pool of engineers capable of meeting the infrastructure challenges the country faces over the next few decades.”

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