London Underground has today, Friday 11 July, confirmed that Ferrovial/Laing O’Rourke JV is its preferred bidder for the £1.1bn Northern Line Extension design & build contract.
Following the issue of an OJEU notice on 20 March last year, and the subsequent pre-qualification process, London Underground invited tenders from four bidders for the design and build contract, which involves the construction of some 3.3km of 5.2m i.d. twin tunnel and two large-scale stations, one at Battersea and one at Nine-Elms.
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Following the tender evaluation process, the two highest scoring bidders – Ferrovial/Laing O’Rourke and Balfour Beatty/BAM – were invited to participate in the next phase of the procurement process.
A Transport for London spokesman told Tunnelling Journal: “Following negotiations with the two remaining bidders for the Northern Line Extension design and build contract, London Underground has selected Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture as the preferred bidder. Contract award is planned for late August 2014. Other tenderers have been notified and should we fail to reach agreement with the preferred bidder London Underground may reopen negotiations with those who have been stood down.”
The proposed start of construction for the Northern line extension is spring 2015.
Subject to funding and permission to build and operate the extension, the new stations at Nine Elms and Battersea could be open by 2020.