Sources say contractor set to win Pudding Mill Lane Portal job

Contractor Morgan Sindall is set to win the £50m Pudding Mill Lane Portal job on Crossrail, according to separate sources close to the process.

The firm is thought to have received a letter of intent from Crossrail, which is set to make a swath of contract announcements in April once it has received sign-off by the Treasury on its final Crossrail project review.

The job, which is close to the Olympic park, involves the construction of a 190m walled box to form the foundation for launching a tunnel boring machine to dig the main eastern tunnels.

Sign-off of the Treasury’s Crossrail review, called RP4, is expected on 6 April, giving Crossrail full authority to spend its budget without going back to the government.

Reports this week tipped J Murphy with Hochtief for the Thames Tunnel job, worth £250-400m, with Vinci tipped for the smaller Connaught Tunnel refurbishment contract.

Crossrail is also preparing to announce the outcome of a major shake-up of its delivery structure. This will see the roles of project delivery partner and programme partner, performed by Bechtel and a CH2M Hill-led consortium respectively, slimmed down.

A source close to the process said: “This will mean there are no gaps, overlaps and that each job is only done once.”

A spokesperson for Crossrail said: “These contracts have not yet been awarded.”