The contracts are:
- C435 – Farringdon station: BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) & Kier Construction JV
- C512 – Whitechapel station: Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Morgan Sindall & Vinci Construction UK JV
At Farringdon, works include the excavation, construction, mechanical, electrical and building fit-out of the western and eastern ticket halls, the enlargement, construction, mechanical, electrical and building fit-out of the twin platform tunnels and associated cross passages.
Works are due to start on 16 January 2012 with completion scheduled for 2018 although civils, tunnelling and fit-out works will be substantially complete by mid 2016.
Farringdon Station is key to the delivery of the Crossrail programme, being where the western and eastern running tunnel contracts terminate and where four tunnel boring machines are retrieved.
When Crossrail opens, Farringdon will become one of Britain’s busiest train stations served by Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground.
The shortlist for C435 Farringdon station was:
- Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Morgan Sindall & Vinci Construction UK JV;
- BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) & Kier Construction JV;
- Costain Limited; and
- Laing O'Rourke & Strabag JV.
At Whitechapel, the project comprises demolition of the existing station, construction of a new ticket hall behind the retained station façade, upgrading and extending the Hammersmith & City and District Line platforms and constructing a new station bridge concourse in and over the East London Line cutting. The works will also include the shafts and platforms for the Crossrail tunnels plus related architecture and mechanical and electrical (M&E) infrastructure.
The new Crossrail station will be located to the north of the existing station with a new ticket-hall providing step-free access to Crossrail, London Underground and London Overground. A new pedestrian route from Durward Street on to Whitechapel Road for local residents will also be created as part of the Crossrail works. Up to 24 Crossrail trains per hour will operate between Paddington and Whitechapel during the peak.
The shortlist for C512 Whitechapel station was:
- Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Morgan Sindall, Vinci Construction UK JV;
- BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK), Kier Construction JV;
- Costain Skanska JV; and
- Dragados Sisk JV.
Andy Mitchell, Crossrail programme director, said: “Crossrail contracts continue to generate significant construction industry interest. As with the Paddington station contract earlier this year, high quality bids were received for both Farringdon and Whitechapel stations. The main construction contracts for Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street stations will be awarded in 2012.
“Work is progressing along the Crossrail route ahead of tunnelling starting next spring. Manufacture of our tunnel boring machines is advancing, the first of the tunnel portals is now complete and the new Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy has welcomed its first students.”