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Alstom Transport/Costain/TSO JV beats rivals including Balfour Beatty Rail to £300m Crossrail fit-out

An Alstom Transport / TSO / Costain joint venture has beaten two rival bids to be named as the winner of Crossrail’s lucrative £300 million C610 fit-out contract.

The contract is one of the most sought-after deals to be awarded by Crossrail in 2013 and is one of the last major construction contracts to be awarded for the £14.8bn London scheme.

Five bidders were shortlisted in March 2012 and the ATC joint venture has beaten Balfour Beatty Rail and a Bam Nuttall / Ferrovial Agroman SA / Kier Construction JV to the deal.

The Laing O’Rourke Construction / VolkerRail JV withdrew from the process in May 2012, while the Rhomberg Bahntechnik GmbH / Alpine Bau GmbH / FCC Construccion SA JV withdrew in June 2012.

The C610 systemwide main works contract incorporates the C630 Tunnel Mechanical & Electrical Systems contract.

“We are delighted to have won such a prestigious contract as our first contract”

Mike Casebourne, ATC JV

When C610 works begin, the contractors providing high-voltage power, communication and signalling systems will work alongside the C610 teams to complete the fit-out of the tunnels.

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Construction of the new rail tunnels under London continues to advance. As tunnelling concludes, work will get under way to turn the tunnels into an operational railway with new track installed as well as power, drainage and ventilation systems.

“Tunnel fit-out is one of the largest contracts to be let by Crossrail and will create hundreds of new job opportunities, as well as providing a welcome boost to regionally based manufacturers and suppliers.”

ATC JV project director Mike Casebourne said: “This is fantastic news for us and for London’s commuters, who will be able to benefit from the new rail service for decades to come.

“Our teams now have the vital role of converting Crossrail’s tunnels into an operational railway.”

Contract requirements:

ATC will be installing over 40 km of track, together with rigid overhead conductors, a system that is being used for the first time in the UK to power heavy mainline trains through tunnels.

The Crossrail tunnel fit-out works will also require more than 50,000 cu m of concrete delivered by a unique ‘concrete train’, as well as the installation of 48 ventilation fans, 40 km of walkways, 66 drainage pumps, 40 km of fire mains, and lighting throughout the entire length.

The contract includes commitments to provide apprenticeships and job opportunities for Londoners and ATC will be required to create around 50 new apprenticeships and new job start roles for individuals who are long-term unemployed or out of education or training for six months or more during the life of their contract.

The fit-out works will be carried out within the entire tunnelled section of the Crossrail route between Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Plumstead Portals.

As construction of the tunnels concludes, work will get under way to fit-out the tunnels with the necessary track and overhead power equipment to enable Crossrail trains to operate from 2018.

In February, an Alstom Transport and Costain joint venture won a high-voltage traction power supply contract worth around £15m, after it beat Balfour Beatty Engineering Services and Rail Power joint venture (Siemens and J Murphy & Sons) to the deal.

Major construction contracts still to come include the joint Network Rail/ Crossrail deals to design and construct 13 stations on the western section of Crossrail’s Acton Main Line to Maidenhead route, with a winner expected to be selected from Balfour Beatty, Costain, Kier, Skanska and Vinci next month.

Balfour Beatty, Costain, Hochtief and VolkerFitzpatrick have also been invited to tender for the majority of Crossrail works planned on the north-east surface section of the Crossrail route between Stratford in east London and Shenfield in Essex.

The invitation to tender includes the design and build of major station improvements at Romford and Ilford as well as improvements at stations including Forest Gate, Goodmayes, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Chadwell Heath and Brentwood.

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