Balfour Beatty plc, the international infrastructure group, announces that, in joint venture, it has been awarded the Whitechapel Crossrail contract worth £110 million.

The joint venture partners comprising Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction have a track record of delivering major infrastructure schemes, not only in London, but throughout the world.

The project 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 (M&E) infrastructure.

Ian Tyler, Chief Executive, Balfour Beatty, said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this Crossrail contract.  We, together with our joint venture partners, are using the full range of skills, resources and technical expertise required to deliver not only this contract, but the Whitechapel and Liverpool Street station tunnels project, awarded to the joint venture in January this year.”

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Balfour Beatty plc
Tel 020 7216 6924

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Notes to Editors:

1.Balfour Beatty (www.balfourbeatty.com) is a world-class infrastructure group with capabilities in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.

We work in partnership with our customers principally in the UK, continental Europe, the US, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East, who value the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise.

Key infrastructure markets include transportation (roads, rail and airports); social infrastructure (education, specialist healthcare, and various types of accommodation); utilities (water, gas and power transmission and generation) and commercial (offices, leisure and retail).

The Group delivers services essential to the development, creation and care of these infrastructure assets including project design, financing and management, engineering and construction, and facilities management services.

Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.

2.Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction have been instrumental in the delivery of major infrastructure projects in London for many years.  The partners have recently been involved with the construction of the northern ticket hall and western ticket hall at Kings Cross, the East London Line Extension, Docklands Light Railway 3 Car Project, T5 rail and road tunnels at Heathrow airport, DLR Woolwich Arsenal Station Extension, A3 Hindhead Tunnel and CTRL 410 North Downs Tunnel.

3.The Crossrail project is a major new rail link scheme designed to provide a world-class, affordable railway with high frequency, convenient and accessible services across the capital.  It will, once completed, connect the City and Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas east and west of London.