The Thames Tideway Tunnel, dubbed London’s super sewer, will be the biggest infrastructure project ever under taken by the UK water industry.
The aim is to prevent the millions of tonnes of sewage pollution that currently discharge into the tidal River Thames every year.
The contractors that have been chosen as the preferred main works tenderers are:
- BMB JV (BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty) for the West contract
- FLO JV (Ferrovial Agroman UK, Laing O’Rourke Construction) for the Central contract
- CVB JV (Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projects and Bachy Soletanche) for the East contract.
Contract values have not been disclosed by the client at this stage as completion of negotiations and contract signing is not expected until the summer.
However, previous estimates price BMB’s West contract at £300m-£500m, FLO’s Central contract at £600m-£950m; and CVB’s East contract at £500m-£800m.
The investors selected to finance and deliver the project as the infrastructure provider will also be announced in the summer.
Thames Tideway Tunnel chief executive Andy Mitchell said: “We have selected our preferred bidders to work on the three main works packages because we have absolute faith in their ability to carry out these major pieces of work safely, considerately and sustainably and we are looking forward to working with them to offer the thousands of jobs that will help make this project a reality.
“This is not just an engineering project, this is about reconnecting London with its river by cleaning it up and making it something that is integral to our city, for the growing population, thriving businesses and to increase leisure uses. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in improving London’s environment and economy and we’re very excited for what the future holds.”