Final bids in for £600m Mersey Gateway
The three shortlisted teams bidding to build the Mersey Gateway bridge have delivered their final tenders to Halton Borough Council.
The project team and its advisors will now spend several weeks assessing the bids before announcing a preferred bidder in June. This means the project remains on for construction work to start by late 2013/early 2014.
Central to the project is a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes. The existing Silver Jubilee Bridge will also be tolled as part of the project.
The value of the construction phase of the project, including land, is estimated at £600m. The total project costs/revenues over the next 30 years are expected to be around £2bn. Further detail about the detailed schedule of works will be published after the appointment of the preferred bidder.
The three shorlisted bidders are:
- Balfour Beatty, Bouygues, Egis Projects consortium
- MGL consortium (BAM Nuttall, Hochtief PPP and Iridium).
- Merseylink consortium (FCC, Kier and Samsung C&T as contractors; Macquarie, Bilfinger Berger, FCC and Vialia Sociedad Gestora de Concesiones de Infraestructuras as equity partners).
Halton Borough Council leader Rob Polhill said: “The council has been convinced throughout the development of this project that we could put together a commercial package that would be attractive to potential partners and would deliver a fair deal for the public purse. The fact that we have three complete bids on the table shows we are now well on the way to delivering that.”
Project director Steve Nicholson said: “I’d like to thank all three bidding teams and my colleagues working on behalf of Halton Borough Council for their hard work and attention to detail over the last 18 months. The next few weeks will be spent looking very closely at every detail of the three separate proposals and we will be focusing on quality and value for money to ensure we get the best deal for Halton and the public purse.”
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This article was published on 11/04/2013 (last updated on 12/04/2013).