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Crossrail announces Design Framework Agreements

By Jonathan Baggs

Crossrail today announced the 12 firms who have secured Design Framework Agreements. The chosen firms will have the opportunity to compete for packages of design work on the Crossrail project, including work on tunnels and shafts, stations, and railway systems.

Following an evaluation of all the received bids, the successful bidders 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 frameworks will run until the completion of the Crossrail scheme.

This is another important step forward in the delivery of Crossrail following parliamentary approval in July 2008. Last week a deal worth up to £350m was finalised with the City of London Corporation. Andrew Adonis, Transport Minister, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, also announced the signing of a series of core funding and governance agreements that will underpin the project. As these agreements have now been signed, Cross London Rail Links Ltd, Crossrail's delivery company, became a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London on 5 December 2008.

Commenting on the Design Framework Agreements, Dr Graham Plant, Programme Director at Crossrail said: "the funding for Crossrail is secure, the necessary agreements have been signed and all partners are committed to delivery. This means that Crossrail can now move full-speed ahead towards the start of the main construction in 2010. It is clear that Crossrail has excited the construction industry and we look forward to working with the selected Design Framework Agreement companies as we drive forward the design work for this world-class railway."

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Jonathan Baggs, Media relations, Crossrail: 020 3229 9552
[email protected]

Notes to editors:

Main procurement
Main construction of Crossrail will begin in 2010 and Crossrail has been undertaking a selection process for the programme partner, project delivery partner and design framework agreements which will oversee the project management, design and construction elements of Crossrail. Short listed consortia and companies for the competitive tender process for its programme partner, project delivery partner and design framework agreements were announced on 22 August 2008.

Programme partner - current status

Crossrail announced on 25 November 2008, the three organisations that have been short-listed for stage two of the programme partner tendering process. The short-listed tenderers for stage two are Bechtel, Legacy 3 - a joint venture between Parsons Brinckerhoff, Balfour Beatty Management and Davis Langdon, and Transcend - a joint venture between AECOM, CH2M Hill and Nichols Group. Stage two tenders are due to be returned during December 2008 and an announcement about the appointment is expected in early 2009.

Project delivery partner - current status
An announcement about the shortlist for the project delivery partners was made on 22 August 2008. The five companies invited to tender for the project delivery partner are:

  • Legacy 3 a joint venture between Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd and Balfour Beatty Management Ltd
  • Bechtel Limited
  • Laing O'Rourke Holdings Limited
  • Flare - a joint venture between Fluor Ltd, Ove Arup & Partners Ltd and E C Harris LLPA
  • joint venture between Capita Symonds Ltd and NNN Ltd

About Crossrail

The Crossrail Act received Royal Assent on 22 July 2008 which gave the powers to build the railway. On 24 July 2008, Cross London Rail Links Ltd (CLRL) was appointed the lead Nominated Undertaker for the delivery of the railway. The project continues to be the joint responsibility of Transport for London and the Secretary of State for Transport as Sponsors.

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 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.

Crossrail's £15.9 billion funding package was announced by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 5 October 2007. Royal Assent was achieved on 22 July 2008. CLRL was appointed nominated undertaker for the construction of Crossrail on 24 July 2008.

Preparatory works for Crossrail will begin in 2009 with main construction starting in 2010. It is scheduled to open for service in 2017.