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Crossrail confirms shortlist for Farringdon station main construction

By Ankeeta Munsi

Crossrail confirms shortlist for Farringdon station main construction

Architects impression of Crossrail Farringdon Station Eastern Ticket Hall

Crossrail today announced the shortlist for C435 Farringdon station. The following organisations will be invited to tender for the main construction contract:

  • Balfour Beatty, Alpine BeMo, Morgan Sindall & Vinci JV;
  • Costain Skanska JV;
  •  Laing O'Rourke & Strabag JV; and
  • BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman & Kier Construction JV.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director said:

“With the major tunnelling contracts awarded last year, 2011 will be the year of the main station contract awards. Farringdon is the second central London station to be shortlisted following Paddington last month. Crossrail intends to award the main construction contracts for all central London stations by the end of the year. The total value of the six central London stations contracts is £1.5bn.

 “Farringdon is a key station on the Crossrail route and will be a major passenger hub for Tube and rail services. The scale of the new Crossrail station is such that it will stretch all the way from Farringdon to Barbican. The station will connect to three Tube lines and provides the strategic and only connection between Crossrail and an upgraded Thameslink network. In construction terms, Farringdon is a hugely important station as it is the meeting point of the two major tunnelling drives.”

Farringdon Crossrail station is being delivered in conjunction with Network Rail, who are leading on the wider redevelopment of Farringdon as part of the Thameslink scheme. The Crossrail contract includes construction of both the eastern and western integrated ticket halls, providing access to Crossrail, London Underground and Thameslink services. When complete, it is planned that over 140 trains per hour will flow through the Farringdon interchange; making it one of Britain’s busiest train stations. An estimated 140,000 passengers will use Farringdon station every day.

Passengers using Crossrail from Farringdon will be able to reach Heathrow in 33 minutes and Canary Wharf in less than 15 minutes.


For further information contact Crossrail Press Office 020 3229 9552

Notes to Editor

A total of nine new Crossrail stations will be constructed - Bond Street, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel and Woolwich.

The procurement process for Farringdon and Paddington Crossrail stations commenced in 2010.

The OJEU notice for Farringdon station was modified and reissued following the main tunnel contract awards in December 2010 as construction of platform tunnels for Farringdon station were incorporated within the C300 tunnelling contract (Royal Oak Portal to Farringdon).

The Farringdon design team is Scott Wilson; Aedas; Burns and Nice.

On 17 January 2011, Crossrail finalised the shortlist for C405 Paddington station. The following organisations were invited to tender:

  • Costain Skanska JV;
  • Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci JV;
  • BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction;
  • Laing O’Rourke and Strabag JV; and
  • Carillion Construction Ltd

Last month Crossrail started the tender process for a further four central London stations – Bond Street (C412), Liverpool Street (C502), Tottenham Court Road (C422) and Whitechapel (C512). The total combined value of these four main construction contracts is in the region of £975m.

The total value of the six central London stations contracts is £1.5bn.

Crossrail intends to award the main construction contracts for all central London stations by the end of 2011.

Estimated values of Crossrail station construction contracts:

  • C405 Paddington Station (£250m)
  • C412 Bond Street Station (£200m);
  • C422 Tottenham Court Road Station (£200m);
  • C435 Farringdon Station(£375m)
  • C502 Liverpool Street Station (£300m);
  • C512 Whitechapel Station (£250m)

Outside central London new Crossrail stations will be constructed at Canary Wharf, Custom House and Woolwich. Canary Wharf station is being built by Canary Wharf Group and is under construction. Custom House station will be tendered later this year. Woolwich station will be part constructed (the station box) by Berkeley Homes subject while the existing Abbey Wood station will be rebuilt by Network Rail.

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 45 minutes commuting distance of London's key business districts. When Crossrail opens 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. Latest economic forecasts suggest that Crossrail will add £42bn to the economy, resulting in a £17bn tax boost for the Treasury. Previous estimates were that Crossrail would deliver up to a £36bn boost to the UK economy.

Up to 14,000 people will be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015, with an estimated further 7,000 jobs created indirectly.

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

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