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Crossrail confirm Costain/Skanska for Paddington Station job

A Costain/Skanska joint venture has won the £250 million contract to build Paddington Station, Crossrail has confirmed.

The JV saw off competition from consortiums including Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci; Laing O’Rourke and Stragbag; Ban Nuttal Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction; and Carillion Construction.

Paddington is the first of the six central London stations to be awarded by crossrail, collectively worth £1.5bn, and construction will get underway later this year.

The contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel will be awarded later this year.

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said:  “Crossrail has reached a further important milestone with the award of the first main construction contract for the central London stations.

“The tendering process for the six stations has generated a huge amount of interest from the construction industry with very competitive bids received for the Paddington contract.

“The main construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel Crossrail stations will be the next to be awarded in late 2011.

“The remaining contracts for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street will all be awarded by spring 2012.”

The new station will take the form of a 260m long, 25m wide and 23m deep underground box located directly under Departures Road and Eastbourne Terrace.

Enabling works to prepare Paddington for the construction of the new Crossrail station began in August 2010.

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