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Crossrail announces shortlist for Project Delivery Partner

By Ankeeta Munsi

The appointment of the key role of Crossrail Project Delivery Partner took a step forward today when Cross London Rail Links (CLRL) announced that four organisations have been shortlisted for stage two of the tendering process.

The short-listed tenderers for stage two are Bechtel Ltd, Legacy 3 - a joint venture between Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, Balfour Beatty Management Ltd and Davis Langdon Programme Management Ltd, Laing O'Rourke Holdings Limited and a joint venture between Capita Symonds Ltd and Northcroft Ltd.

The project delivery partner will help Crossrail fulfil its obligations to deliver safely the overall project to time, to the desired standard and within budget. The Project Delivery Partner will also bring additional qualified, skilled and experienced resources to supplement the core Crossrail team.

Stage two tenders will be returned on 30 January 2009 and an announcement about the appointment is expected in spring 2009. This is another important step in the delivery of Crossrail following parliamentary approval for this new £15.9bn rail route in July, the signing in December of a series of core funding and governance agreements that will underpin the project and the recent announcements of funding contributions from BAA , the City Corporation and the Canary Wharf Group.

Commenting on the announcement Steve Rowsell, Head of Procurement at Crossrail said: “The evaluation of tenders for stage one of the Project Delivery Partner procurement is complete. Each of the organisations invited to go forward for the second stage brings considerable experience and expertise of delivering complex construction projects.  One of the keys to success in this part of the bidding process is chemistry between us, as a client, and our key partners.  We look forward to having an integrated team in place as soon as possible to deliver this world-class railway.”

Notes:

Procurement
Main construction of Crossrail will begin in 2010 and Crossrail has been undertaking a selection process for the programme partner, project delivery partner and design framework agreements which will oversee the project management, design and construction elements of Crossrail. Short listed consortia and companies for the competitive tender process for its programme partner, project delivery partner and design framework agreements were announced on 22 August 2008.

Programme partner – current status

Crossrail announced on 25 November 2008, the three organisations that have been short-listed for stage two of the programme partner tendering process. The short-listed tenderers for stage two are Bechtel, Legacy 3 - a joint venture between Parsons Brinckerhoff, Balfour Beatty Management and Davis Langdon, and Transcend - a joint venture between AECOM, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group. Stage two tenders were returned during December 2008 and an announcement about the appointment is expected in early 2009.

Project delivery partner – current status

The organisations short-listed for stage two of the Project Delivery Partner tendering process are:

  • Legacy 3, a joint venture between Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, Balfour Beatty Management Ltd and Davis Langdon Programme Management Ltd
  • Bechtel Ltd
  • Laing O'Rourke Holdings Limited
  • A joint venture between Capita Symonds Ltd and Northcroft Ltd

 Design Framework Agreements – current status

An announcement about the 12 firms who have secured Design Framework Agreements was made on 9th December 2008. The chosen firms will have the opportunity to compete for packages of design work on the Crossrail project, including work on tunnels and shafts, stations, and railway systems. The frameworks will run until the completion of the Crossrail scheme.

The successful bidders were: Aedas Group Ltd, Atkins Ltd, BDP Ltd, Capita Symonds Ltd, Halcrow Group Ltd, Hyder Consulting (UK) Ltd, Jacobs Engineering U.K. Ltd, Mott MacDonald Ltd, Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd, Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, Scott Wilson Railways Ltd, and WSP UK Ltd.

Crossrail progress

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, this gives the powers to build the railway.  On 24 July 2008, Cross London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL) was appointed the lead Nominated Undertaker for the delivery of the railway.

Since then, Crossrail has been moving rapidly ahead and progress includes:

  • New Crossrail Board appointed with four (check the number) Non-Executive Directors
  • Terry Morgan appointed non-Executive Chairman with effect from November 2009.  Recruitment for Chief Executive Officer is underway
  • Compulsory Purchase Notices issued at Tottenham Court Road
  • Tender issued for £500m London Underground works at Tottenham Court Road along with trial trenches and utility diversions to enable main construction to commence early 2009. The contract for the Crossrail works at Tottenham Court Road will be advertised at a later date
  • Signing of £230m funding agreement with BAA, with main agreements underpinning governance expected by the end of 2008
  • Signing of £150m funding agreement with the Canary Wharf Group, with CWG taking responsibility of design and building of Isle of Dogs station
  • Design Consultancy Framework Agreements awarded
  • Stage 2 Tenders for Programme Partner are being evaluated
  • Framework Agreements for Enabling Works are being Tendered
  • OJEU Notices published for Master Systems Assuror, Master Systems Integrator and Project-wide Access Control.
  • Crossrail appointed DHL to recommend logistical strategy to minimise impact of construction on central London

Crossrail is promoted by CLRL. CLRL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London on 5 December 2008.

Crossrail will run 118 km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. It will bring an additional 1.5 million people within 60 minutes commuting distance of London’s key business districts. When Crossrail opens in 2017 it will increase London’s public transport network capacity by 10 per cent, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London’s position as a world leading financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city.

Preparatory works for Crossrail will begin in 2009. London Underground will commence work at Tottenham Court Road station on 19 January 2009. Main Crossrail construction starts in 2010. Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.