A major milestone has been reached with the announcement of the Salini Impregilo – NRW Joint Venture as the preferred respondent to be awarded the main Design and Construct contract for the 8.5km long, $2bn Forrestfield-Airport Link project in Perth, Australia, which includes the construction of 8km of twin-bore tunnels.
It brings to an end the 15-week period of evaluating proposals from the three shortlisted respondents. The proposals were judged on a combination of their price and plans for design and construction, as well as innovation, stakeholder engagement and delivery management.
Negotiations with Salini Impregilo – NRW Joint Venture will now take place to finalise the contract by May.
Construction will start later this year and the first trains are expected to run on the line in 2020.
The other shortlisted proponents were:
• Forrestfield Connect (ACCIONA Infrastructure, BAM International and Ferrovial Agroman)
• JHL JV (John Holland and Leighton Contractors)