BAM Nuttall has joined the MGL consortium to replace Galliford Try Investments. It joins Hochtief PPP Solutions and Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras in MGL.
Halton Borough Council has formally reassessed the revised MGL consortium and has approved the change.
MGL is one of three shortlisted groups bidding to design, build, finance and operate the £600m bridge. The preferred bidder is expected to be announced in the spring of 2013.
The other two bidders are Balfour Beatty/ Bouygues/Egis Projects and the Merseylink consortium, comprising Macquarie Capital Group, Bilfinger Berger Project Investments, Vialia Sociedad Gestora de Concesiones de Infraestructuras and FCC Construcción.
Mersey Gateway project director Steve Nicholson said: “Changes to consortiums on projects of this scale are not unusual and the fact that a replacement partner has joined the consortium shows there is a high level of interest in delivering this project. The procurement timetable will continue as planned and we anticipate selecting a preferred bidder in spring next year.”
It is anticipated that construction work will start in late 2013, and that the new bridge will take around three years to complete.