Construction consortium for Edinburgh tram contract

A team led by Bilfinger Berger won the preferred bidder status to design and build Edinburgh's tram network.tie Limited recommended BBS, a consortium comprising Bilfinger Berger and Siemens Group, as its preferred bidder for the contract to carry out the network's design, construction and maintenance.

The Edinburgh trams infrastructure contract is one of the largest construction contracts in the UK and forms part of the scheme’s final business case that will be debated by City of Edinburgh Council on 25 October.

Following this debate, at which approval is expected, tie and BBS will work closely together to achieve “financial close”, where all contracts are finalised and signed.

tie chairman Willie Gallagher said: “Our recommendation of BBS as preferred bidder for building the tram infrastructure represents a tremendous milestone for the project. A contract of this nature is unprecedented in Scotland, and tie has spent over 12 months of intensive negotiations ensuring that we secure the best deal for our capital city. The scale of this circa £300m construction contract underlines Edinburgh tram’s position as one of the highest-profile infrastructure projects in the UK and establishes our ability to appoint the best international experts to do the job.

“BBS is a formidable consortium made up of two global companies that have delivered some of the most exciting and challenging projects across the world. By working in partnership they will be best placed to meet Edinburgh’s high expectations.

“The quality of the construction and the finished infrastructure has been a key part of our negotiations and BBS will deliver a fantastic product.”

Members of the BBS consortium have played a major role in the construction of over 30 urban transport schemes around the world, in countries including France, Portugal, USA, China, Turkey, Taiwan and Mexico.

Cllr Phil Wheeler, Transport Convener at the City of Edinburgh, said: “The INFRACO contract will be the single biggest capital contract ever agreed by the Council and the process of selecting a preferred bidder has been duly rigorous. Choosing the right contractor is absolutely critical for ensuring the initial phase of the tram scheme is delivered on time and on budget. The experience that BBS bring to our scheme will be invaluable in ensuring this happens and I will be recommending BBS, along with CAF as the tram vehicle provider, to Full Council on Thursday.”

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