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Costain/Skanska JV wins £40m Crossrail contract

Costain and Skanska have announced their £40m Crossrail contract win.

The 50/50 joint venture will build and fit out the intermediate shafts and headhouses at Eleanor Street and Mile End Park, as well as connecting adits to the main tunnels. These tunnels will provide ventilation, emergency exit and maintenance services.

Construction News reported in May that the JV had fended off bids from Barhale Construction, Bam Nuttal/Kier, Dragados/Sisk, Ferrovial Agroman and Morgan Sindall to land the contract award.

The contract is the fifth the Costain-Skanska JV has been awarded by Crossrail, following the delivery of the Royal Oak Portal and Pudding Mill Lane portals in 2010. Work will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in August 2018.

Andrew Wyllie, Costain chief executive said the win was a result of the firm’s ‘Choosing Costain’ strategy: “We focus on winning repeat business with major blue chip customers who are spending and will continue to spend on large-scale projects.”

“This is our fifth contract with Crossrail and further contributes to the strength of our order book, of which 90% is repeat business.”

Skanska UK president Mike Putnam said: “Crossrail will transform London’s transport infrastructure and, in joint venture with Costain, we are delighted to have secured a fifth significant contract as part of this major undertaking.”

“The award illustrates the continuing benefits of a collaborative approach and we look forward to successfully delivering this complex task in the years ahead.”

The joint venture has also been awarded Crossrail contracts for advance civil engineering works at Bond Street and to construct the new line’s station at Paddington.

Aside from Crossrail, the joint venture has worked on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Contract 240, the A2/M2 widening project in Kent, and the construction of the Golden Jubilee Wing at Kings College Hospital in London.


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