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Crossrail completes design contracts award process

Crossrail today announced its intention to award the remaining set of contracts for detailed design work. These five awards conclude the competitions for the design of Crossrail under the framework agreement phase announced in December 2008.

The contracts in this set are as follows:

  • Package C102 - Material & workmanship specifications - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C131 - Paddington Integrated Programme - Mott MacDonaldPackage C146 - Custom House station - Atkins
  • Package C160 - Rolling stock and depots - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C170 - Communications & control systems - Parsons Brinckerhoff

A list of all 24 contracts and the companies to which they have been awarded is shown below.

Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive said:
"These five contracts, including the design of the remaining new station at Custom House and of the rolling stock, complete the procurement of design work for Crossrail and herald the start of an exciting year ahead for the project. We are all looking forward to the start of full construction across the route and we now have a world class team of design consultants and architects in place who will help deliver this magnificent railway."

Preparatory work on the tunnel entrance at Royal Oak in West London will start this month. By the end of 2010 construction at all new central section stations, tunnel portals and shafts will also have begun.

For further information: Alick Whitfield, Crossrail Press Office, 020 3229 9552

Notes for Editors

Crossrail announced 12 firms had secured Design Framework Agreements in December 2008. In all there are seven design categories. The chosen firms have had the opportunity to compete for packages of design work on the Crossrail project, including work on tunnels and shafts, stations, and railway systems. Secondary competitions were subject to the normal Crossrail procurement procedures.

Atkins have appointed Allies & Morrison as architects for Custom House station.

The 24 design contracts in full:

  • Package C100 - Architectural component design - Atkins
  • Package C102 - Material & workmanship specifications - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C121 - Sprayed concrete lining - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C122 - Bored tunnels - Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd
  • Package C123 - Intermediate shafts - Jacobs
  • Package C124 - Tunnels and shafts aerodynamics and ventilation - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C125 - M&E in tunnels - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C130 - Paddington station - Scott Wilson
  • Package C131 - Paddington Integrated Programme - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C132 - Bond Street station - WSP
  • Package C134 - Tottenham Court Road station - Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd
  • Package C136 - Farringdon station - Scott Wilson
  • Package C138 - Liverpool Street station - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C140 - Whitechapel station - Hyder
  • Package C146 - Custom House station - Atkins
  • Package C150 - Royal Oak portal - Capita Symonds Ltd
  • Package C152 - Pudding Mill Lane portal - Scott Wilson
  • Package C154 - Victoria Dock portal - Hyder
  • Package C156 - North Woolwich and Plumstead portals - Capita Symonds
  • Package C160 - Rolling stock and depot - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C162 - Signalling, traction power OHLE and platform screen doors - Mott MacDonald
  • Package C164 - Bulk power distribution & HV power - Scott Wilson
  • Package C170 - Communications & control systems - Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Package C175 - Tunnelling Academy design - Capita Symonds

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.

During 2009 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, meaning 85% of the excavated material will be transported by rail and water

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.

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, and the main construction programming starts in 2010 and tunnelling 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.