Crossrail bosses have announced the awarding of two major tunnelling contracts, a development they say marks “a very significant milestone” in the scheme’s progress.
The contract for the Western tunnels (Royal Oak to Farringdon) has been awarded to a joint venture comprising of BAM Nuttall Ltd, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, Kier Construction Ltd. The Eastern tunnels contract (Limmo Peninsula to Farringdon; Limmo Peninsula to Victoria Dock; Stepney Green to Pudding Mill Lane) has been won by a joint venture comprising of Dragados S.A., John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd.
Two additional contracts for access shafts and lining works have also been awarded.
Announcing the contracts Crossrail Chief Executive Rob Holden said: the project “has now reached a very significant milestone.”
Holden added: “Significant competition in the construction industry for Crossrail work has delivered highly competitive bids. Over £1bn in savings to Crossrail’s construction costs have been identified to-date in part due to a more efficient construction timetable and these contract awards will help secure these savings. Crossrail will award a further series of tunnel construction contracts in 2011 including the new Thames Tunnel between North Woolwich and Plumstead.”