Crossrail last week announced its chosen contractors for C435 – Farringdon Station and C512 – Whitechapel Station. Farringdon was awarded to a JV of Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier. Whitechapel went to a Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci JV.

Crossrail programme director Andy Mitchell said, “When Crossrail opens, Farringdon will become one of Britain’s busiest train stations served by Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground. At Whitechapel, the new Crossrail station will be located to the north of the existing station with a new ticket-hall providing step-free access to Crossrail, London Underground and London Overground.

A Balfour Beatty spokesman added, “The GBP 110M (USD 171.5M) Whitechapel contract comprises demolition of the existing station, construction of a new ticket hall behind the retained station façade, upgrading and extending the Hammersmith & City and District Line platforms and constructing a new station bridge concourse in and over the East London Line cutting. The works will also include the shafts and platforms for the Crossrail tunnels plus related architecture and mechanical and electrical infrastructure.

A Morgan Sindall spokesman said, “Piling will be carried out in-house by Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering and Bachy Soletanche. The mechanical and electrical work will be installed by Balfour Beatty Engineering Services working with Morgan Sindall Professional Services. The project is scheduled to commence in January 2012 and due to be completed in 2018.”

Bam Nuttall could not be reached for comment on the Farringdon contract, however a Crossrail spokesman said, “The indicative value of the Farringdon contract is over GBP 200M (USD 311M).”