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£1.2bn Crossrail tunnelling contractors revealed


£1.2bn Crossrail tunnelling contractors revealed

Sisk, Bam and Kier amongst the big winners while Laing O’Rourke and Costain lose out


A joint venture between Irish contractor Sisk and Spanish builder Dragados is to be awarded the biggest Crossrail contract so far – the £550m job to build the western tunnels and the access shafts to Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road stations, Building understands.

Crossrail will announce the award tomorrow, along with the winning bidders for the Eastern tunnels and access shafts for Whitechapel and Liverpool Street Stations. Building understands that the joint venture between Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier will get the £450m tunnelling job, while a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Vinci and Morgan Sindall will get the £250m access shafts work.

Two sources close to the process confirmed the award. The contracts are some of the very largest for the whole £14.5bn Crossrail project, which was delayed by a year following the government’s Spending Review in October.

The decision by Crossrail could mean that the consortium of Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues, and the consortium of Bilfinger Berger, Costain and Skanska, will leave the bidding process with nothing to show for it.

Building understands that Crossrail is likely to make the announcement tomorrow before the markets open.

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