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Acciona / Clancy adds name to £260m Barking Riverside rail bidders

Spanish contractor Acciona has thrown its hat in the ring to build a £260m Overground rail line in east London, Construction News can reveal.

A joint venture between Acciona and Clancy Docwra will bid for the Barking Riverside rail extension job that is set to start in 2018.

Last week Construction News reported that five joint ventures and three individual contractors were eyeing up bids for the work, which inculdes the construction of a 4.5 km Overground line and new station.

Acciona is a relatively new entrant to the UK market having completed one project in the country to date, which was the Thames Water’s £250m desalination plant in Beckton.

Elsewhere it has carried out a number of city rail jobs globally and in June won the €2.6bn (£2.2bn) contract to extend Dubai’s metro system.

The Barking bid is part of the firm’s plan to become a major player in the UK infrastructure market, with the firm targeting a number of major infrastructure programmes such as High Speed 2 and Highways England’s new £7bn Routes to Market framework.

Clancy’s last full-year results for 2014/15 saw its turnover rise from £269.6m to £280.9m (4.2 per cent).

In December, it was chosen as one of the firms on UK Power Networks multi-billion-pound Capital Delivery Alliance, which will see Clancy carry out UKPN’s infrastructure work over the next 12 years.

Other firms bidding for the Barking Riverside job include JVs between Balfour Beatty / Atkins, Bouygues TP / Murphy, Skanska / Colas Rail, Kier / Alstom and Taylor Woodrow / Amey.

Carillion, Hochtief and Morgan Sindall are also understood to be interested in the contract.

TfL began seeking expressions of interest for the project last year and the contractors are now in the process of preparing PQQs ahead of the 21 September submission deadline.

Firms will be shortlisted in November, with ITTs expected to be issued in August 2017.

The contract will be awarded in January 2018, with the line and new station expected to be fully operational by 2021.

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