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Crossrail awards first batch of detailed design contracts

Crossrail today announced its intention to award the first set of contracts for detailed design services under its framework agreements.

Under the Crossrail Design Framework Agreements announced in December 2008, the selected firms for each of the seven design categories have the opportunity to compete for packages of design work on the project.

The contracts awarded to date 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

Commenting on the awards, Dr Graham Plant, Programme Director at Crossrail said: "These first design packages give the Crossrail project further impetus following the commencement of construction at Canary Wharf earlier this month. The awards mark the start of project's detailed design stage and we look forward to working closely with all the successful companies in driving forward the design as we move towards the start of main construction works in 2010."

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For further information:

Alick Whitfield, Crossrail Press Office, 020 3229 9552
[email protected]

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 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 will be 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.

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. On 24 July 2008, Crossrail Ltd (CRL) was appointed the lead Nominated Undertaker for the delivery of the railway.

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

  • Construction work at Canary Wharf Crossrail station started on Friday 15 May 2009
  • 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 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.