Six contractor teams are in line to compete for about £100 million of advanced works packages in preparation for five Crossrail stations in Central London.
It understood that the shortlist for the C411 £20m advanced works package for the construction of the Bond Street Crossrail station is the same for four other packages.
It is thought that Carillion, Costain/Skanska and Bam Nuttall/Kier have also been invited to tender for a £30m job at Liverpool Street station, a £20m contract at Whitechapel, a £15m job at Farringdon and a £10m job at Tottenham Court Road.
The line up for all five jobs also includes Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci and a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Austrian contractor Strabag.
Sir Robert McAlpine has emerged as the final firm in the race for the work.
It is understood that firms had the option to bid for one, two or five lots as Crossrail stated it might let contracts for single lots, or bundles of Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street; and Liverpool Street and Whitechapel.
One industry insider said that contractors had been unsure how to approach their bids.
“They were nervous about what to do with this bid because they weren’t sure if Crossrail was looking to get smaller contractors in, but these [shortlisted] contractors are capable of all this work.”
There is a similar scope of works for the 12-month jobs at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road – C411 and C421 respectively – including secant piling, contiguous piling, and bored piling, as well as construction of diaphragm walling and shafts.
At Farringdon, the 16-month C430 contract will see the construction of piles and a segmental shaft while the 33-month contract C501 at Liverpool Street covers the construction of the Moorgate shaft at the station.
The final lot, C511, covers shaft construction at Whitechapel station and will require contractors to carry out brick wall demolition in addition to piling, excavation and diaphragm walling.
Last week Crossrail unveiled new designs for its Whitechapel station, which now keep a direct entrance on Whitechapel Road.