The Costain/Skanska JV is selected to build the last of the main stations at Bond Street for Crossrail - while in Germany the sixth and seventh TBMs for the project have completed factory testing and are being dismantled ready for shipment to Tilbury docks in the UK.
The £200 million C412 Bond Street Station contract includes main construction and fit out, and M&E of the Western and Eastern ticket halls. The Costain/Skanska JV, which also won the Bond Street C411 advanced works contract, beat off rival bids from Laing O'Rourke and Lend Lease Construction. A joint venture of BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial/Kier (BFK) was invited to tender but did not submit a bid.
This is the second major Crossrail station contract award for the Costain/Skanska joint venture; in July 2012 it was selected to build the new Paddington Station under contract C405.
Table 1. Crossrail station contracts
Canary Wharf Contractors
C412 Bond Street
C520 Custom House
C422 Tottenham Court Road
C502 Liverpool Street
Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci
* The private Canary Wharf Group is designing and building the station box on behalf of Crossrail for a fixed price of £500 million, of which Crossrail is contributing £350 million. Construction commenced in 2009 and the station box was handed over to Crossrail in March 2012.
The new station at Bond Street will be directly connected to the existing London Underground tube station allowing passengers to interchange between networks.
Meanwhile, the sixth of a total of eight TBMs that will excavate 21km of twin running tunnels for Crossrail has completed factory testing at the Herrenknecht factory in Germany and is being dismantled ready for shipment.
TBM 6, Mary, will complete a 2,600m river crossing under the Thames for the Hochtief/ Murphy JV from Plumstead to North Woolwich alongside her sister slurry machine, Sophia, which commenced tunnelling at the start of January (2013).
TBM 7, an EPBM that is as yet unnamed, will be used for the 2,700m drive for the Dragados/Sisk JV from Pudding Mill Lane to Stepney Green, which will start in the summer. All the machines' components are expected to arrive at Crossrail's sites within the next month, where they will be reassembled.
Slurry TBM Mary completes factory testing at Herrenknect factory prior to shipment
Andy Mitchell, Crossrail Programme Director, said: "More than 4km of tunnel has now been constructed on Crossrail. With tunnelling now well under way we are looking forward to welcoming our sixth and seventh tunnel boring machines to the project."
Crossrail's final tunnel boring machine, TBM 8, will complete factory testing this summer.
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