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Enabling Works Framework Agreements Awarded

By Alick Whitfield

Enabling Works Framework Agreements have today been awarded by Crossrail to 17 companies following a competitive tender process. The chosen firms will have the opportunity to compete for packages of enabling works for the Crossrail project, including site facilities, demolition, civil structures and utilities on the central section of Crossrail route. Each framework agreement will run for four years.

Following an evaluation of all the received bids, the successful bidders for each package of works are:

Site Facilities

Select Plant Hire Company Ltd, BAM Nuttall Ltd and Fitzpatrick Contractors Ltd.


Laing O'Rourke Construction Ltd, John F Hunt Demolition Ltd, McGee Group Ltd, Keltbray Ltd, Brown & Mason Ltd, PJ Carey (Contractors) Ltd, BAM Nuttall Ltd and Kier Construction Ltd.


Laing O'Rourke Construction Ltd, Costain Skanska JV Ltd, Carillion Construction, Civils Engineering, Kier Construction Ltd, Morgan Est Ltd, J Murphy & Sons Ltd and Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Ltd.


Morgan Est, Costain Skanska Construction JV UK Ltd, McNicholas Construction services Ltd, J Murphy & Sons Limited, Clancy Docwra and Laing O'Rourke Construction Ltd.

The announcement of these enabling works framework agreements follows the award in December 2008 of the design framework agreements and the recent announcements of the appointment of Transcend as Crossrail Programme Partner and Bechtel as the intended Project Delivery Partner.

Enabling works are now underway at Tottenham Court Road and the Isle of Dogs in addition to surveying work throughout central London to confirm the condition and location of below ground utilities. The next phase of enabling works will commence this year in preparation for the main construction of Crossrail beginning in 2010.

Commenting on the award of Enabling Works Framework Agreements, Dr David Anderson, Crossrail Engineering Director said:

"The delivery of Crossrail is moving ahead at speed. Following the appointment of the Programme Partner and selection of the Project Delivery Partner we are now able to confirm which companies have been short-listed to tender for the next phase of enabling works contracts required across the Crossrail route. We are looking forward to working closely with these selected companies to ensure that Crossrail will be fully prepared to commence main construction of the railway next year."

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Alick Whitfield, Media Relations, Crossrail: 020 3229 9552
[email protected]

Notes to editors:

Crossrail progress

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:

  • New Crossrail Board appointed with five Non-Executive Directors
  • Terry Morgan appointed Non-Executive Chairman, effective later this year
  • Rob Holden became Chief Executive from1 April 2009
  • Tony Gregory appointed Crossrail Complaints Commissioner
  • 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 £230m funding agreement with BAA
  • Signing of £350m funding agreement with the City of London
  • Signing of main agreements underpinning governance
  • Signing of £150m funding agreement with the Canary Wharf Group, with CWG taking responsibility for design and construction of the Crossrail Isle of Dogs station
  • Crossrail appointed DHL to recommend logistical strategy to minimise impact of construction on central London Appointment of Transcend as Crossrail Programme Partner
  • Selection of Bechtel Limited as Crossrail Project Delivery Partner

About Crossrail

Crossrail is promoted by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL became a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London on 5 December 2008.

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 rail based public transport 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.