Firms are lining up for the multi-billion pound Thames Tideway Tunnel – dubbed the Supersewer – as tenders progress, with a development application due to be submitted this month.
Large civil engineering firms including Ferrovial, Balfour Beatty and BAM Nuttall are understood to be putting together consortia to bid on the three contracts which together add up to around £1.6bn of the total £4bn development cost of the tunnel.
The western area contracts would be worth around £300m and would include the management of the Fulham riverside construction site which LB Hammersmith & Fulham oppose, and have recently approved plans for a residential development on, triggering an intervention by Eric Pickles, Secretery of State, to settle whether the site will be available for the Thames Water project.
It is understood that a development consent application for the Tideway Tunnel will be delivered to the planning inspectorate at the end of February.
Works would not begin until 2015, with completion in 2023.