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Crossrail offers up £50m Victoria Dock Portal job

Crossrail is looking for a contractor for the £50m design and construction of the Victoria Dock Portal in East London.

The portal - about 355m in length and 12m wide - will accommodate the tunnel boring machines constructing running tunnels and a link from the underground sections of Crossrail to the over ground section between Victoria Dock Portal and the existing Connaught Tunnel.

It also serves as an emergency evacuation point from the running tunnels and an intervention point to the running tunnels for the emergency services.

The contract is expected to last 40 months, with works including the realignment of about 420m of the Docklands Light Railway between Custom House and Victoria Dock Stations to release the site for portal construction.

Works also include a head house, architectural finishes, drainage, external works, and landscaping. The design element includes control of ground movement and review of designs during the pre-construction period to “improve buildability and mitigate risk”, along with all other works necessary for the construction of the portal.

The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 24 August. Expressions of interest can be made by registering on the Crossrail eSourcing Portal(

Crossrail announced in May that six of the tunnel boring machines required to deliver the new rail tunnels will be manufactured by Herrenknecht AG, Germany.

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