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Preferred bidder announced for Forth Replacement Crossing

Published on 21 Mar 2011

A preferred bidder has been chosen to build the bridge and connecting roads elements of the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC), the biggest Scottish infrastructure project for a generation.

The Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortium, comprising Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Morrison Construction, was chosen ahead of Forthspan, the other consortium bidding for the contract, following an 18 month competitive tendering process.  Both bids were found to be valid and of a high standard following a rigorous assessment of technical, quality and cost aspects.

FCBC’s successful bid for the design and build contract of £790 million at today’s prices, represents a significant saving on the initial estimated cost range of £0.9 billion to £1.2 billion.

This bid for the Principal Contract excludes VAT and inflation. By incorporating this bid value and removing the cost of capital charge the FRC project now has a revised total out-turn cost of £1.47 to £1.62 billion.  This is a significant reduction on the project’s original estimated cost range of £1.7 to £2.3 billion.  

It is intended to award the contract to FCBC in April, subject to a mandatory standstill period, with construction starting on site soon after.  The FRC project is currently on track to be delivered in 2016 and will replace the current Forth Road Bridge as the main crossing for cross-Forth traffic. 

Finance Secretary John Swinney said:

"The Forth Replacement Crossing project will be essential in protecting and promoting Scotland’s sustainable economic growth, safeguarding a vital link in the country’s transport infrastructure, protecting thousands of jobs and securing over a billion pounds in economic revenue.

“The successful FCBC consortium includes world class bridge building and civil engineering firms with strong records of successfully delivering similar projects throughout the world.

“Value for money was clearly an essential factor in making this decision but the winning proposal also includes hugely valuable commitments on sustainability, training and employment opportunities and community engagement. 

“It is particularly pleasing to see that this bid will annually provide 45 vocational training positions, 21 professional body training places and 46 positions for the long term unemployed. This means many more employment opportunities will be provided for school leavers, graduate engineers and those currently out of work than originally expected.  We will also be working with the preferred bidder to maximise Modern Apprenticeship opportunities.”

Transport Minister Keith Brown also announced today that £10m is to be made available to Fife Council to deliver a 1,000 space Park and Ride facility at Halbeath by 2013.  Mr Brown said:

“We are committed to cutting carbon emissions by encouraging modal shift from private cars to public transport. The FRC project includes using the existing bridge as a part of a dedicated public transport corridor but it is clearly vital we do all we can to encourage and promote that shift to sustainable cross-Forth travel now.”

For further details on the FRC project visit Transport Scotland's website:

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