Winner on £95m deal due before Easter


Three firms are expected to find out before Easter who has won the first major package of works on the £1bn redevelopment of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground.

Building understands Bam Nuttall, Keltbray and VolkerFitzpatrick are all in the race for the £95m enabling works contract which is centred around rail works.

It will include piling and diversion works and will see decking platforms built over the District line to the north west of the stadium and a mainline railway used by Southern trains to the east.

Work is expected to get underway by the end of the summer by which time tender documents for the main contractor package are expected to have been issued.

Firms expected to be in the running for the main contract include Emirates stadium builder Sir Robert McAlpine, Wembley stadium contractor Multiplex and Mace which is currently working on Tottenham Hotspur’s new ground in north London.

The FA Cup semi-finalists are looking to replace their existing 41,600 capacity ground with a 60,000 seat development that has been designed by Swiss architect Herzog & de Meuron, putting the capacity of the new ground on a par with Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.

The wider project team for the west London job includes Arcadis as cost manager, WSP as transport consultant with the firm also providing engineering services along with German structural engineer Schlaich Bergermann which has worked on stadia at the last three World Cups.