Laing O’Rourke has been named as preferred bidder for enabling and civil engineering works at the Isle of Dogs Crossrail Station at Canary Wharf.
Client Canary Wharf Group is designing and constructing the station for a fixed price of £500 million.
It is expected to be one of the first sites to commence construction on the £15.9 billion Crossrail project. Preparatory work for the station, which will be located in North Dock, has begun.
The station box is due to be completed by summer 2012, with the first Crossrail passenger trains planned to run in 2017, and a full service building up over the following 12 months.
Above the Isle of Dogs Station will be approximately 100,000 sq ft of retail space designed by Foster & Partners, and a roof-top park and community facility designed by Gillespies.
The station will be covered by a semi open-air timber lattice roof. It is aiming for a BREEAM target of ‘outstanding’.
Laing O’Rourke chief operating officer Tony Douglas said: “Everyone at Laing O’Rourke is very proud to have achieved preferred bidder status for the first package of work for this massive transport project”.
Crossrail chief executive Rob Holden said: “This is another important step forward for the project, and further proof of the will and determination to see Crossrail built.
“Canary Wharf is a major interchange for the railway and I am delighted that preparations for the start of work on this key station are so well advanced.”