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Silvertown Tunnel trio: Who's bidding for £1bn PPP contract?

Hochtief, Ferrovial-owned Cintra Global and a joint venture of Skanska and Strabag are left in the race for the proposed road tunnel in east London. 

Here, Construction News looks at the trio’s track record in delivering PPP contracts.

Hochtief PPP Solutions UK

PPP Solutions UK forms part of Hochtief’s overall PPP brand, which has been responsible for delivering projects in Europe and the Americas.

It has five offices worldwide including New York, Toronto and Manchester, and was formed to bid on PFI schemes for its parent company in the UK and Ireland. 

According to documents filed at Companies House by PPP Solutions UK covering 2015, the firm’s core focus was on the education market, but it had also identified transport and infrastructure projects as an opportunity. 

Major project wins for the UK arm include working with Laing O’Rourke in 2009 to build and refurbish more than 20 schools across Salford and Wigan in a £400m deal.

In 2015 Hochtief exited the scheme when it sold its 40 per cent stake in the Salford & Wigan phase one and Salford and Wigan phase two schemes to HICL Infrastructure Company Ltd for £16m.  

Although the firm is working on road projects in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece and Canada, the Silvertown win would be a step-change in the size and scope of projects the UK subsidiary has managed.

Cintra Global 

Specialising in delivering transport schemes with a focus on roads, Spanish construction giant Ferrovial’s subsidiary Cintra Global has delivered about 2,000 km of tarmac in 10 countries worldwide.

The firm also manages the toll road concessions in 27 countries including Canada, Spain, Ireland, Greece, Slovakia, Colombia and Australia.

In the UK, Cintra Global has delivered the PPP central Scotland highway framework between Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as upgrades and widening of sections of the M8, M73 and M74.

If Cintra is successful with its bid for the Silvertown Tunnel, Construction News understands that work will be subcontracted back to a JV between parent company Ferrovial and Kier.

The two firms have experience delivering tunnelling projects, having won the £750m C300 contract to deliver 6.8 km of twin-bore tunnels from Royal Oak through to Farringdon for Crossrail in a JV that also included Bam Nuttall.

Skanska / Strabag

Skanska’s PPP division is a heavyweight of the private finance world, with a focus on education, healthcare, transport and utilities. 

It has been responsible for building more than 400 schools in the UK and the £1bn project to deliver two new hospitals for Barts Health NHS Trust – the UK’s largest hospital PPP project. 

In transport, Skanska is working on the M25 improvements in the UK, while in the US the firm is on site at the Elizabeth River Tunnels in Virginia and LaGuardia airport in New York.

Skanska also has working history with Strabag, having won the contract to deliver a £129m rail extension in Norway, which includes tunnelling work and is due to complete in 2021.

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    Silvertown Tunnel trio: Who's bidding for £1bn PPP contract?

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