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Balfour Beatty scoops £70m Crossrail Woolwich station contract

Balfour Beatty has won Crossrail’s final stations package - a £70m contract to fit out the new station at Woolwich.

The firm will carry out design, fit-out and handover works for the new station, together with installing plant and carrying out finishing works at the two portals where Crossrail trains will surface at either end of the Thames Tunnel at North Woolwich and Plumstead.

Balfour Beatty beat Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction to the deal.

The fit-out deal was at the centre of a long-running dispute over its funding, with a resolution finally reached in July 2013 after several years of negotiations.

The £100m station box was completed by Berkeley four months ahead of schedule in March 2013 but the Department for Transport had warned that the station could stand empty if the funding package was not agreed.

TfL is expected to commit £24m; Berkeley Homes (£10m) and The Royal Borough of Greenwich (£20m) with the remainder to come from Crossrail’s existing budget.

Crossrail was this month granted planning permission to build nearly 400 new homes above the new Woolwich station.

The Armourer’s Court development will see five residential buildings of varying heights built once the station is complete in 2018 with retail and business units at ground level.

Balfour Beatty is also working on Crossrail schemes including the £130m redevelopment of Abbey Wood station in South-east London; the £64m electrification of a 12.5-mile section of track on the West Outer Section between Maidenhead and Heathrow; and the £235m Whitechapel to Liverpool Street tunnels as part of the BBMV joint venture with BeMo Tunnelling, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction.

Work will begin this month and is due to complete in 2018 in time for the project to be operational in December.

The project is expected to employ 200 people at its peak.

Balfour Beatty UK Construction Services chief executive Nick Pollard said: “Our experienced major project team’s ability to deliver high-profile infrastructure schemes has been recognised with this award of the final Crossrail station package for Europe’s largest construction project.

“Our use of innovative computer-aided building information modelling tools, linked to offsite construction, will reduce the overall works programme compared to traditional construction methods.”

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