TAYLOR Woodrow is in line to land the role as project manager of Crossrail's advanced works programme, worth £75 million.
The Government announced its intention to publish a Hybrid Bill to enable the construction of the £10 billion cross-London scheme in the Queen's Speech this week.
The Bill will be introduced early next year and construction work is likely to begin in earnest in 2007, when the legislation has completed its course through Parliament.
It is understood that the extent of the advanced works programme may depend on the speed with which the Bill is passed.
Crossrail officials declined to comment, but company insiders said that an announcement on Taylor Woodrow's appointment was imminent.
Taylor Woodrow pipped international competition to the post despite comments in September from Crossrail chief executive Norman Haste, who said US firms were likely to take a lead in managing the main project.
The firm saw off opposition from Balfour Beatty, Atkins and US firms Halliburton and Parsons Brinckerhoff to take the managing agent's contract for the transport link's enabling works.
A source said: 'There is no extent of works at the moment.Everything is really dependent on what budget is set and what they feel are critical works. It will probably involve utilities - moving gas, electricity and water out of the way - and there have been talks of some London Underground and Network Rail-related works where there are station interfaces.'
Major works are set to start in 2007, but some schemes have already begun. Bovis Lend Lease won a £29 million deal for the foundations of the first phase at Paddington West terminal, which is expected to start on site early next year.
Works are ongoing on a £1 million ventilation shaft at Moorgate and Mott MacDonald was drafted in as technical advisor for railway systems, rolling stock and M&E design work in February this year.Transport secretary Alistair Darling also appointed four construction heavyweights to the Crossrail board at the beginning of this month.