Heavyweight JV will provide design and engineering services for Bam, Balfour and Morgan Sindall

Thames Tideway Tunnel, Blackfriars Bridge Fereday Pollard Architects

An Arup and Atkins joint venture has won a consultancy contract on a major section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

The JV will provide design and engineering services for BMB, the joint venture between Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty who were appointed to deliver the west section of the London water infrastructure project.

With a construction value of £416m, the 6km section of the 25km tunnel will run from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London incorporating seven separate work sites along the route.

Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance following construction completion.

Nick Roberts, UK CEO at Atkins, said he was “very pleased” to get the contract. “We look forward to playing our part in promoting a positive change in the relationship that Londoners and visitors have with the Thames.”

Alan Belfield, UKMEA chairman at Arup, said: “We look forward to working together on this unique project to see the benefits it will provide to the city.”

Mobilisation work for the west section started last September. Construction of the section is expected to be completed by 2022.