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Crossrail tunnelling contracts advertised

By Ankeeta Munsi

Crossrail Limited today confirmed that notices have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) inviting expressions of interest for two principal tunnelling contracts - Package C300 for Tunnels West and Package C305 for Tunnels East

The publication of these OJEU notices marks the beginning of the procurement process for the construction of the new Crossrail tunnels in central London. Tenders are scheduled to be invited around November with contracts awarded by mid-2010. The deadline for the receipt of expressions of interest is midday Monday, 28 September 2009.

Rob Holden, Crossrail's Chief Executive said:

"The publication of OJEU notices for construction of the Crossrail tunnels in central London marks another significant milestone for the Crossrail project. The tunnelling contracts are crucial to the completion of Crossrail and will enable 12-carriage trains to travel under central London from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

"Main construction for Crossrail will begin next year with the first of the tunnel boring machines launching in late 2011. We look forward to collaborating with organisations that are as enthusiastic as we are to deliver a world-class affordable railway."

A total of 21km of twin-bore tunnel are required to be constructed for Crossrail. The two OJEU contracts that have been published are for a total of 18km of twin-bore tunnel.

The two tunnelling contracts are:

Package C300 - Tunnels West comprises the construction of twin 6.2m diameter bored tunnels from Royal Oak and a Portal (west of Paddington Station) through to the new Crossrail Farringdon Station, length of drive approximately 6.2km.

Package C305 - Tunnels East comprises the construction of twin 6.2m diameter bored tunnels from:

  • a launch chamber at Limmo Peninsular through to the new Crossrail Farringdon station, length of drive approximately 8.3km;
  • a launch chamber at Stepney Green through to Pudding Mill Lane Portal, length of drive approximately 2.7km; and
  • a launch chamber at Limmo Peninsular through to Victoria Dock Portal, length of drive approximately 0.9km

Upon award, the successful contractors will also commence design and construction of a tunnel segment manufacturing facility at a site to be designated by CRL so that there will be a sufficient supply of tunnel segments available upon commencement of tunnelling.

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Media enquiries: Ankeeta Munsi,
Crossrail Press Office, 020 3229 9552, ankeetamunsi@crossrail.co.uk

Notes to Editors

OJEU Notices

The C300 contract involves supply of two Earth Pressure Balancing Machine (EPBM) tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for the twin drives from Royal Oak Portal to Farringdon Station (Drive X). The contract award has been scheduled so that the successful contractor has sufficient time to complete design, manufacture, delivery and erection of the TBMs in advance of tunnelling and to provide construction planning, temporary construction design and constructability input into the final detailed design prior to mobilisation to site.

The C305 contract involves supply of four EPBM TBMs; two for the twin drives from Limmo Shaft to Farringdon Station (Drive Y) and two for the twin drives from Stepney Green Shaft to Pudding Mill Lane (Drive Z) and then from Limmo Shaft to Victoria Dock Portal (Drive G). The contract award has been scheduled so that the successful contractor has sufficient time to complete design, manufacture, delivery and erection of the first two TBMs in advance of commencement of tunnelling from Limmo Shaft and to provide construction planning, temporary construction design and constructability input into the final detailed design prior to mobilisation to site.

Tunnelling

The main Crossrail construction programme begins next year, in 2010, with main tunnelling commencing in 2011.

Tunnelling drives are as follows:

Drive X - Royal Oak Portal to West of Farringdon Station
Drive Y - Limmo Peninsula to East of Farringdon Station
Drive H - Plumstead Portal to North Woolwich
Drive Z - Pudding Mill Lane Portal to Stepney Green Shaft
Drive G - Limmo Peninsula Shaft to Victoria Dock Portal

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 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 will continue throughout 2009. Main Crossrail construction starts in 2010. Crossrail is scheduled to open for service in 2017.

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 in 2010.

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

  • Terry Morgan appointed Chairman, effective 1 June 2009
  • Rob Holden became Chief Executive from 1 April 2009
  • Appointment of Transcend as Crossrail Programme Partner
  • Appointment of Bechtel Limited as Crossrail Project Delivery Partner
  • Compulsory Purchase Notices issued and property acquired at Tottenham Court Road
  • Tender issued for £500m London Underground works at Tottenham Court Road. The shortlist of companies has invited to tender was announced on 10 July, 2009. The contract for the Crossrail works at Tottenham Court Road will be advertised at a later date
  • Signing of funding agreements signed with BAA, City of London and Canary Wharf Group
  • Crossrail is promoted by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London.

A tunnelling academy is due to open and Network Rail will start work on upgrading the existing railway for Crossrail services in 2010. Up to 14,000 people are estimated to be employed at the peak of construction in 2013/2015. Crossrail is Europe's largest construction project.

Design Framework Contracts
Crossrail announced 12 firms had secured Design Framework Agreements in December 2008. In all there are seven design categories.

The chosen firms have 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 are subject to the normal Crossrail procurement procedures.

The 12 firms are: 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 Limited.

The design contracts announced prior to today are:

Package C150 - Royal Oak Portal - Capita Symonds Ltd
Package C121 - Sprayed Concrete Lining - Mott MacDonald
Package C122 - Bored Tunnels - Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd
Package C134 - Tottenham Court Road Station - Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd
Package C100 - Architectural Component Design - Atkins
Package C152 - Pudding Mill Lane Portal - Scott Wilson
Package C124 - Tunnels and Shafts Aerodynamics and Ventilation - Mott MacDonald
Package C136 - Farringdon Station Design - Scott Wilson
Package C123 - Intermediate Shafts - Jacobs
Package C164 - Bulk Power Distribution & HV Power - Scott Wilson
Package C175 - Tunnelling Academy Design - Capita Symonds
Package C125 - M&E in Tunnels - Mott MacDonald
Package C162 - Signalling, traction power OHLE and platform screen doors - Mott MacDonald
Package C154 - Victoria Dock Portal - Hyder
Package C156 - North Woolwich and Plumstead Portals - Capita Symonds
Package C132 - Bond Street Station - WSP
Package C130 - Paddington Station - Scott Wilson
Package C131 - Paddington Integration Project - Mott MacDonald
Package C138 - Liverpool Street Station - Mott MacDonald
Package C140 - Whitechapel Station - Hyder

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