National Highways has selected the MORE joint venture, comprising FCC Construcción (42.5%), WeBuild (42.5%) and BeMo Tunnelling (15%), as its preferred contractor for the works.
The planning application for the scheme is still on the desk of the transport secretary, following the quashing of the decision to grant a development consent order.
But National Highways is carrying on with the procurement process regardless, to ensure programme timescales are maintained.
MORE JV havs enlisted a design consortium with Atkins, Jacobs and Spanish designer Sener acting as the design joint venture.
The main works contract covers the construction of the proposed tunnel’s civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and technology components, including the tunnel boring machine, along with the approach roadworks and structures and the environmental components of the five-year construction phase.
WeBuild was formerly called Salini Impregilo when tendering began.
The other shorlisted bidding consortia were
- BMJV, comprising Bouygues Travaux Publics and J Murphy & Sons
- HDJV, consisting of Hochtief Infrastructure GmbH and Dragados
National Highways project director Derek Parody said: “The contract will only become live once the Secretary of State has concluded the planning process.
“The announcement of a preferred bidder in no way pre-empts any decision, and once that is finalised, and should the Development Consent Order be granted, having a contractor in place will put us in the strongest possible position to deliver this transformational scheme and deliver the benefits we know it can.”
In a statement, the joint venture said: “For the companies that are part of the MORE JV – Webuild, FCC Construcción, and BeMo Tunnelling – this project is a clear example of the development of sustainable, innovative infrastructures that not only provide traffic solutions but also improve people’s quality of life.
“It is also an opportunity to demonstrate the experience and international technical capacity of the companies of the MORE joint venture.”