Three JVs selected to build £4.2bn Thames 'super sewer'
Three joint ventures - BMB, FLO and CVB - are the preferred tenders to build the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel. The contracts are expected to be awarded in the summer, when the investors who will be chosen to finance and deliver the project as the Infrastructure Provider are announced.
The project is split into three geographical packages. BMB JV (BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty Group) has the West contract; FLO JV (Ferrovial Agroman UK, Laing O’Rourke Construction) has the Central deal; and CVB JV (Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projects, Bachy Soletanche) has the East contract.
They were chosen after intense competition as the preferred tenderers, and will create more than 4,000 direct sustainable jobs, and another 5,000 jobs indirectly. Hundreds of apprenticeships and work placements will also be offered. The project will also create a never-before seen surge in the river economy through marine employment opportunities.
The project, which will be the biggest infrastructure project ever under taken by the UK water industry, will make London’s sewerage network fit for the 22nd century and will help prevent the millions of tonnes of sewage pollution that currently discharge into the tidal River Thames every year.
Andy Mitchell, chief executive at Thames Tideway Tunnel, said: “We have selected our preferred bidders to work on the three main works packages because we have absolute faith in their ability to carry out these major pieces of work safely, considerately and sustainably and we are looking forward to working with them to offer the thousands of jobs that will help make this project a reality.
“This is not just an engineering project, this is about reconnecting London with its river by cleaning it up and making it something that is integral to our city, for the growing population, thriving businesses and to increase leisure uses. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in improving London’s environment and economy and we’re very excited for what the future holds.”
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