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Three consortia shortlisted for Britain’s longest road tunnel



Three consortia have been shortlisted for the 4.25 km long twin tunnels, which represent the largest of three works packages for the mega highways project.

Lower Thames Crossing tunnel shortlist

  • BFV JV – comprising BAM Nuttal, Ferrovial Construction (UK) and Vinci Construction Grands Projets, supported by Atkins, Tecnica y Proyectos SA and Stantec UK
  • Bouygues Murphy JV- comprising Bouygues Travaux Publics and J Murphy & Sons, supported by Mott McDonald and Ove Arup
  • Dragados-Hochtief JV – comprising Dragados and Hochtief Infrastructure

The Tunnels and Approaches contract includes design and construction of the twin three-lane road tunnels under the River Thames.

At 16m wide, these tunnels will be some of the largest bored tunnels in the world.  They will also be the longest road tunnels in the UK. The scope also includes the portal buildings, approach roads and tunnel systems.

Matt Palmer, Lower Thames Crossing executive director, said: “The Lower Thames Crossing is the most ambitious road project this country has seen since the M25 was completed 35 years ago.

“This contract shows our commitment to this project, which will support 22,000 jobs during its construction and provide a huge economic boost to the UK economy when it opens for traffic.

“It is unparalleled in its ambition, and we need the right partner to match that ambition. We look forward to entering into competitive dialogue with the three shortlisted companies and hope the final bids match our aspirations.”

The successful bidders and their supply chain will help Highways England achieve their ambition of making the Lower Thames Crossing the most environmentally sustainable road project.

This will inlcude planting over 260 hectares of new woodland, converting 400 hectares of arable land into semi-natural habitats, and creating new ponds, waterways, ditches and hedgerows.

They will also be responsible for seven new green bridges that connect habits and species either side of the new road.

Among the other elements of the scheme, the £1.9bn connecting roads contract is currently out for tender and the £162.5m Integration Partner contract was awarded to Jacobs earlier this year.

Highways England plans to resubmit its application for a Development Consent Order later this year.

An application was originally submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in October 2020 but was withdrawn in order to provide more information.


South East Wales professional services winners




The framework has been divided into 11 lots covering a range of services including multi-disciplinary design, site supervision, highways and aviation consultancy.

Teams selected for the four year agreement will work on a range of projects across the region, with other public bodies in Wales free to use the panel.

Key lot winners

Multi-discipline ( value £105m)

Aecom, AHR Architects, Amey OW, Arcadis, Arup, Capita, Jacobs, Mott McDonald, RHomco Consultaing, Stride Treglown, Wardell Armstrong, Tetra Tech, Mace,

Civil and Highway Engineering Consultants (£15m)

Aecom, Amey OW, Arup, Atkins, Alistair Burroughs Design Partnership, Capita, Curtins, Jacobs, Local Transport Projects, Mott MacDonald, RPS, Tetra Tech,

Transportation Consultants (£15m)

Aecom, Amey OW, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Capita, Jacobs, Local Transport Projects, Mott MacDonald, RPS Consulting, Tetra Tech

4. Ground and Water Consultancy (£20m)

Aecom, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Capita, Jeremy Benn Associates, Mott MacDonald, Ramboll, RPS Consulting, Stantec, Tetra Tech, Waterco

6. Site Supervision (£10m)

Amey OW, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Alistair Burroughs Design Partnership, Capita, Collaborative Project Management Services, DRAC Consulting, Expedite Project Services, Mott MacDonald, Tetra Tech,

7. Aviation Consultants (£5m)

Aecom, Amey OW, Arcadis, Arup, Atkins, Alistair Burroughs Design Partnership, Capita, Mott MacDonald,RPS Consulting, Tetra Tech, Helios Technology, GMR Aviation Consulting

8. Geotechnical Consultants (£2m)

Aecom, Amey OW, Arup, Atkins, Capita, Curtins, Mott MacDonald, Ramboll, RPS Consulting, Stantec, Sweco, Tetra Tech

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Daily Update – April 16th




Politics Live

8:20am – A story that may end up dominating the news today as the Greensill row continues. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has shares in a business that won NHS contracts.

8:15am – So what’s in the news this fine Friday?

  • Covid updates paused for Prince Philip mourning
  • Second cabinet office adviser revealed to have worked for Greensill while in civil service
  • A business that Matt Hancock and his sister have shares in won NHS contracts

8:00am – Welcome back to another day of Politics Live!

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BIM wiz becomes Tilbury Douglas digital chief




Tilbury Douglas has a new head of digital to help drive the company’s digital transformation strategy.

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