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Crossrail awards first contracts under Enabling Works Framework

Crossrail today announced its intention to award the first six contracts under its Enabling Works Framework.

The contracts in this set are as follows:

  • Package C209 - Farringdon Demolition - Eastern Ticket Hall - Keltbray Ltd
  • Package C223 - Bond Street Eastern & Western Ticket Hall - Select Plant Hire Company Ltd
  • Package C225 - Liverpool Street Site Facilities - Select Plant Hire Company Ltd
  • Package C244 - Whitechapel working platform over East London Line - Kier Construction Ltd
  • Package C271 - Paddington Integrated Project (site facilities, piling and groundworks) - Carillion plc
  • Package C330 - Royal Oak Portal - Costain Skanska JV

Crossrail's Programme Director Andy Mitchell said:
"The first contracts awarded under the Enabling Works Framework are visible evidence that Crossrail is now gearing up towards the start of main construction this year. These contract awards will not only see preparatory work underway on the tunnel entrance at Royal Oak in west London but also commencing at Bond Street, Paddington and Whitechapel and an increased level of activity at Farringdon."


For further information: Ankeeta Munsi, Crossrail Press Office, 020 3229 9552

Notes for Editiors

Enabling Works Frameworks Agreements
In April 2009, Crossrail announced that Enabling Works Frameworks Agreements had been awarded to 17 companies following a competitive tender process. The chosen firms have the opportunity to compete for packages of enabling works for the Crossrail project, including site facilities, demolition, civil structures and utilities on the central section of the Crossrail route. Each framework agreement will run for four years.

The successful bidders for each package of works were:

Site Facilities
Select Plant Hire Company Ltd, BAM Nuttall Ltd and Fitzpatrick Contractors Ltd.

Laing O'Rourke Construction Ltd, John F Hunt Demolition Ltd, McGee Group Ltd, Keltbray Ltd, Brown & Mason Ltd, PJ Carey (Contractors) Ltd, BAM Nuttall Ltd and Kier Construction Ltd.

Laing O'Rourke Construction Ltd, Costain Skanska JV Ltd, Carillion Construction, Civils Engineering, Kier Construction Ltd, Morgan Est Ltd, J Murphy & Sons Ltd and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd.

Morgan Est, Costain Skanska Construction JV UK Ltd, McNicholas Construction services Ltd, J Murphy & Sons Limited, Clancy Docwra and Laing O'Rourke Construction Ltd.

Crossrail Progress

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008, granting the powers to build the railway, and Crossrail construction began on 15 May 2009 with work commencing at the new Crossrail Canary Wharf station. The main construction programme begins along the route this year.

In the past year Crossrail moved rapidly ahead with progress which included:

  • Crossrail Central, a consortium of Bechtel, Halcrow and Systra appointed Crossrail Project Delivery Partner and Transcend, a consortium of AECOM, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group appointed Crossrail Programme Partner.
  • Work at underway on three stations - Canary Wharf, Farringdon and Tottenham Court Road.
  • Terry Morgan appointed Chairman with Rob Holden appointed as Chief Executive and new top level management team in place.
  • Station design contracts awarded for all central area stations and portals.Invitations to Tender for first two tunnelling contracts issued.
  • Crossrail confirms that some 4 million m³ of excavated materials will be transported to Wallasea Island in Essex for creation of a new nature reserve.
  • Crossrail and Port of London Authority sign memorandum of understanding for removal of excavated materials by river.Islington Council approves plans for Crossrail/Thameslink station at Farringdon.
  • OJEU issued for Paddington Integrated Programme.
  • OJEUs issued inviting bids for Crossrail tunnelling packages for Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road Tender submissions.Crossrail Visitor Information Centre opened at Tottenham Court Road.
  • Site at Aldersbrook in Newham acquired for Tunnelling Academy and OJEU for construction issued.
  • European Investment Bank confirms £1 billion loan to TfL for Crossrail.
  • TfL award Tottenham Court Road LU station redevelopment to Taylor Woodrow Construction and BAM Nuttall Limited.
  • Government confirms that the route from Maidenhead to Reading and from Abbey Wood to Hoo Junction in Kent have been safeguarded to allow a potential future extension of Crossrail.
  • Crossrail awarded all 25 design framework contracts.Crossrail Central appoints Chief Architect.

About Crossrail

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 rail-based 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.

Crossrail will deliver substantial economic benefits for all of London and the South East after the new railway opens in 2017. A study published in February 2009 assessed the key benefits including faster journey times, reduced and public transport congestions, improved productivity and higher earnings. When the results are modelled for just one year - 2026 - the annual economic benefit across all of London's boroughs is estimated at £1.24bn at 2008 prices.

Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015, with an estimated further 7000 jobs created indirectly. Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project.Preparatory works took place throughout 2009. The main construction programming starts in 2010 with tunnelling starting in 2011.

Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.

Crossrail is promoted by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by Department for Transport and Transport for London.