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Crossrail awards major construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel stations

By Peter MacLennan

Crossrail awards major construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel stations
  • Remaining central London stations contracts for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street to be awarded in 2012

Crossrail today announced that it has awarded the main construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel stations. Intensive construction for both stations will get underway next year.

  • C435 – Farringdon station: BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) & Kier Construction JV
  • C512 – Whitechapel station: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Morgan Sindall & Vinci Construction UK JV

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director: “Crossrail contracts continue to generate significant construction industry interest. As with the Paddington station contract earlier this year, high quality bids were received for both Farringdon and Whitechapel stations. The main construction contracts for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street stations will be awarded in 2012.

“Work is progressing along the Crossrail route ahead of tunnelling starting next spring. Manufacture of our tunnel boring machines is advancing, the first of the tunnel portals is now complete and the new Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy has welcomed its first students.”

When Crossrail opens, Farringdon will become one of Britain’s busiest train stations served by Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground. Crossrail passengers will be able to reach Tottenham Court Road from Farringdon in 3 minutes, Paddington in 7 minutes and Heathrow in 31 minutes. Farringdon station will also provide a direct connection to Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports.

At Whitechapel, the new Crossrail station will be located to the north of the existing station with a new ticket-hall providing step-free access to Crossrail, London Underground and London Overground. A new pedestrian route from Durward Street on to Whitechapel Road for local residents will also be created as part of the Crossrail works. Up to 24 Crossrail trains per hour will operate between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.

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For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email pressoffice@crossrail.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

A total of eight new Crossrail stations will be constructed – Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Custom House. Berkeley Homes has also agreed to build a Station Box at Woolwich.

In line with European procurement rules both contract awards were subject to a standstill period which has now concluded.

On 18 February 2011, Crossrail confirmed the shortlist for C435 Farringdon station. The following organisations were invited to tender.

  • Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Morgan Sindall & Vinci Construction UK JV;
  • BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) & Kier Construction JV;
  • Costain Limited; and
  • Laing O'Rourke & Strabag JV.

The shortlist for C512 Whitechapel station was announced on 18 April 2011:

  • Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Morgan Sindall, Vinci Construction UK JV;
  • BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK), Kier Construction JV;
  • Costain Skanska JV; and
  • Dragados Sisk JV. 

On 11 July 2011, Crossrail confirmed that the contract for C405 Paddington station (main construction) had been awarded to Costain Skanska JV.

The Invitation to Tender (ITT) for C502 Liverpool Street was issued in September 2011 while the ITTs for C422 Tottenham Court Road and C412 Bond Street will be issued shortly.