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Capita and Arup bag first Crossrail design contracts

Arup/Atkins and Capita Symonds have become the first teams to be handed projects under Crossrail’s design consultant framework

Working and Hawkins\Brown, Arup/Atkins has bagged the prize Tottenham Court Road station scheme at the heart of the £15 billion trans-London rail link.

Meanwhile a multidisciplinary Capita Symonds team - including civil engineering, architecture and M&E engineering – has won the £3 million project to design the Royal Oak portal.

The ‘gateway’, which lies to the west of Paddington, is one of four on the Crossrail network and has been described as a transition between the ‘overground and the underground sections’.   

Graham Plant, programme director at Crossrail said: ‘These first design packages give the Crossrail project further impetus following the commencement of construction at Canary Wharf earlier this month. The awards mark the start of project’s detailed design stage and we look forward to working closely with all the successful companies in driving forward the design as we move towards the start of main construction works in 2010.’

At the same time Mott MacDonald was also selected from the 12-strong design framework - assembled in December 2008 – to work on ‘sprayed concrete lining’.

The other practices vying for work under seven different design categories are: Aedas, Atkins, BDP, Halcrow Group, Hyder Consulting (UK), Jacobs Engineering, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Scott Wilson Railways, and WSP UK.

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