The Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) has appointed McConnell Dowell South East Asia (SEA) Private Limited and SK E&C (Singapore) to complete construction works for three Downtown Line 2 (DTL2) stations following the insolvency of the earlier contractor Alpine Bau GmbH, which was awarded the contract for design and construction of the stations in September 2009. On 19 June 2013, Alpine Bau GmbH filed for insolvency.
McConnell Dowell (SEA) Private Limited will complete the construction of Sixth Avenue and King Albert Park stations and associated tunnels for a contract sum of approximately $254M, while SK E&C (Singapore) will complete the construction of Tan Kah Kee station and associated tunnels for $222M.
The two contractors were selected as they have the relevant technical expertise and resources to pick up quickly and commence completion works for the three stations, says the LTA. LTA will work closely with the contractors to deploy more resources and manpower so that works can be expedited. With the expedited work schedule, DTL2 is expected to be completed by mid-2016.
Mr Chua Chong Kheng, Deputy Chief Executive (LTA) said: “LTA’s immediate priority is to start work as soon as possible now that the new contractors are onboard. There is about 50% of works on station and tunnel construction to be completed. We will continue to explore areas where we can expedite works to speed up the construction without compromising on the safety. We seek the continued support of residents and stakeholders in mitigating the delay so that residents can enjoy the benefits of having a station at their doorsteps at the earliest possible.”
Construction works at the other nine DTL2 stations are progressing on schedule. Excavation works at all the stations have been completed while base slab concrete works are substantially completed for most of the stations. Overall stations and tunnels are about 50% complete. All 12 stations are expected to achieve Basic Structural Completion (BSC) by 2014, following which Electrical and Mechanical works and test running of trains will be carried out.