Crossrail awards Victoria Dock portal contract to Vinci

19 March 2012 (Last Updated March 19th, 2012 18:30)

Crossrail has awarded a contract to Vinci Construction for the last remaining tunnel portal at Victoria Dock in the UK.

Crossrail has awarded a contract to Vinci Construction for the last remaining tunnel portal at Victoria Dock in the UK.

As per the European procurement rules the deal is subject to a ten-day standstill period.

Construction of the C340 Victoria Dock Portal is scheduled to get underway in autumn this year, which is one of five new tunnel portals to be built as part of Crossrail

The other four will be built at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane, North Woolwich and Plumstead.

The company said that the western and eastern running tunnels will have portals at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane and Victoria Dock, while the Thames Tunnel between North Woolwich and Plumstead will have tunnel portals constructed at either end.

In January 2010, construction of the first tunnel portal started at Royal Oak and was completed before schedule in September last year.

Later this month, the first Crossrail tunnel boring machine will be transported from Royal Oak towards Farringdon.

A joint venture comprising Hochtief Construction and J Murphy & Sons is undertaking construction at the North Woolwich and Plumstead portals, which are part of the C310 Thames Tunnel contract.

The Plumstead portal construction is underway while the mobilisation for the North Woolwich portal is scheduled to start in May after utility diversion works are completed.

Enabling works for Pudding Mill Lane Portal was completed at the end of last year by Morgan Sindall (Infrastructure).

Construction is underway for the new Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Pudding Mill Lane Portal, Crossrail bridges and the viaduct for the new DLR station.

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, Bam Nuttall Kier Joint Venture, Costain, Morgan Sindall, and Vinci Construction were shortlisted as prospective bidders for C340 Victoria Dock Portal.