Laing O’Rourke wins Custom House contract
Crossrail has awarded the main construction contract for Custom House station to Laing O’Rourke Construction Ltd.
The new station in east London is the only above ground station within Crossrail’s central section. The building will be built on the site of the former North London Line station, which closed to passengers in 2006.
The station will include a new ticket hall, an interchange with the Docklands Light Railway and step-free access between the street and Crossrail platforms. Construction will begin in early 2013 and the contract is worth an estimated £35m.
Other bidders shortlisted were: Costain Limited; Geoffrey Osbourne Limited; and Hochtief UK Construction Limited and Hochtief Solutions AG JV.
Martin Buck, Crossrail’s commercial director said: “The new Crossrail station at Custom House will not only assist with the continued regeneration of the Royal Docks but also improve links between central London and the ExCeL Exhibition Centre.
“When Crossrail opens, passengers will be able to reach Canary Wharf in 4 minutes, Bond Street in 17 minutes and Heathrow Airport in less than 45 minutes.”
In line with European procurement rules, the contract is subject to a ten-day standstill period before it can be formally confirmed.
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