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Crossrail announces appointment of Programme Partner

By Alick Whitfield

Transcend to provide strategic programme management to Europe’s largest construction project

Crossrail Limited today announced that it intends to appoint Transcend, a joint venture between AECOM, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group, as its Programme Partner for the Crossrail project. Following a competitive tender process, this significant appointment, worth in the region of £100 million, means Crossrail remains on schedule to begin main construction works in 2010.

In line with European procurement requirements there now follows a minimum ten day stand-still period before the award of the contract can be confirmed.

Crossrail will be Europe's largest construction project.  When completed in 2017 it will be the biggest addition to the transport network in London and the South East for 50 years.

The Programme Partner role is one of strategic programme management. Transcend will help Crossrail to deliver safely the overall programme to time, to the desired standard and within budget.

Announcing the intention to award the programme partner contract, Douglas Oakervee, Executive Chairman of Crossrail said: “This is another landmark moment for Crossrail. I am delighted to announce the award of this contract after such a competitive procurement process. The quality, expertise and enthusiasm of all the bidders has been exceptional. With the appointment of Transcend the Crossrail project team will be joined by world class expertise to oversee the project management of this new railway.”

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "During tough times for our economy it is incredibly satisfying to be able to announce a further step forwards for a project that will employ 14,000 people at the peak of construction. The jobs will provide a crucial boost to London during the recession and in the long term the project offers the prospect of better travel and a higher quality of life in the capital. I am determined that Londoners from all over our city be able to take advantage of the opportunity to work on this mammoth enterprise.”

Transport Minister, Andrew Adonis, said: “Crossrail is vital to the economic future of London and the UK and this latest step will deliver a major boost to the construction industry at a time when it is needed the most. When complete, Crossrail will enable the creation of thousands of additional jobs across London and the South East through vastly improved access to major employment centres.”

Ahead of main construction works for Crossrail commencing in 2010, preparatory work is already underway at Tottenham Court Road station and redevelopment of the Tube station is currently scheduled to begin in late 2009. Construction of the new Isle of Dogs Crossrail station will also begin later this year.

Crossrail will in due course announce the appointment of its Project Delivery Partner who will be responsible for overseeing the core central tunnelled section of the route.