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Costain Skanska JV wins Paddington Crossrail station

11 Jul 11 The first contract to be awarded for construction of new Crossrail station in central London is going to the Costain Skanska joint venture.

Crossrail said that it intends to award the £250m contract for C405 Paddington station to Costain Skanska. The deal is expected to be signed next week, on completion of the statutory ten-day standstill period. Construction will start later this year.

The losing shortlisted bidders were: Balfour Beatty/Morgan Sindall/Vinci; BAM Nuttall/Ferrovial Agroman/Kier; Carillion; and Laing O’Rourke/Strabag.

The main construction contracts for Farringdon and Whitechapel Crossrail stations will be the next to be awarded in late 2011. The remaining contracts for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street will be awarded by spring 2012. Total value of the main construction contracts for the six new central London Crossrail stations is £1.5bn

The new Crossrail station in Paddington has been designed by Scott Wilson/Weston Williamson/Gillespies to maximise the station’s space while preserving the historic features of the main line station. The new station will take the form of a 260m-long, 25m-wide and 23m-deep underground box directly under Departures Road and Eastbourne Terrace.

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Enabling works to prepare Paddington for the construction of the new Crossrail station began in August 2010. Since then, numerous utilities have been relocated away from the site of the new station box. Moving the utilities will protect services, such as power and water, during Crossrail’s construction and make them easier to access in the future.

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said: “Crossrail has reached a further important milestone with the award of the first main construction contract for the central London stations. The tendering process for the six stations has generated a huge amount of interest from the construction industry with very competitive bids received for the Paddington contract.”

Crossrail, Network Rail and Transport for London are also working together on the Paddington Integrated Project to build a new Hammersmith & City line station. The new station will ease over-crowding and provide space for future growth in passenger numbers. Passengers to the new station will benefit from a new canal side station entrance from Paddington Basin and a new pedestrian entrance from the canal towpath to Paddington mainline station.

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