Crossrail: Spades In The Ground

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The New Hammersmith & City station at Paddington

Amid the atmosphere of speculation about the future of Crossrail – the company is getting on with getting on. In late April, Crossrail announced the shortlist of bidders invited to tender for the Paddington Integrated Project.

The following companies have been invited to tender for the C272 – Paddington Integrated Project:

  • BAM Nutall Ltd
  • Bovis Lend Lease
  • Carillion Capital Projects Ltd
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Morgan Est
  • VINCI Construction UK Ltd

Contractors are currently being invited by Crossrail to bid for contract C315 covering the reconstruction of the former Great Eastern Railway Connaught Tunnel running under the link between the Royal Victoria and Albert docks in east London. The project covers the Custom House to North Woolwich section on the £15.9bn Crossrail project’s southern spur to Abbeywood, hopefully stopping at Woolwich, and is expected to take four years to complete.

Work to be carried out under contract C315 includes construction of a new tunnel lining through a 105m stretch of the tunnel as well as repairing a long stretch of Victorian flying buttress brick arches running for 500m in the approaches to the tunnel. There will also be various surface railway works including improvements to drainage, footbridges and under-track crossings.

Crossrail has also put out another £35m contract out to tender for the construction of a power substation at Liverpool Street Station. Contract C503 is the first civils package to be advertised at the station, and will facilitate the construction of the new Broadgate Ticket Hall. The project includes a new three storey substation building, six electrical switchrooms, a sprinkler valve chamber, a stations operation office, and low voltage signalling switch room. A new sprayed concrete lining 4m in diameter, plus a 56m long cable tunnel will be constructed under the Metropolitan and Circle Line in order to bring cables from their existing location under the proposed Broadgate Ticket Hall into their new location on Platform 3 of the Met and Circle lines at Liverpool Street Station. A number of existing LUL infrastructure assets will be relocated or diverted as part of the contract. The construction contract is expected to run for 25 months.

Written by Mwmbwls