Principal contract

Type of Contract: Works
Location: Firth of Forth, Scotland
Winning Tender Value: £0.75bn
Contract Award Date: 18 April 2011
Commencement Date: 28 June 2011
Duration of Contract: 66 months

In December 2008, the Scottish Government confirmed the details of the Forth Replacement Crossing, which is to be funded by the Scottish Government through Transport Scotland and secured through a design and build contract.

The scope of the Principal Contract includes the design, construction and completion of a new bridge over the Firth of Forth together with approach roads to the North and South of the Crossing and the installation of an Intelligent Transport System (ITS).

The contract is a fixed price lump sum design and build bespoke contract based on the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for EPC / Turnkey Contracts (“Silver Book”) as a platform, with payment by installments on interim indicators based con competed milestones. The procurement competition was conducted under the competitive dialogue procedure.

The Contract Notice was issued for publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on 26 June 2009. Subsequently, on 23 September 2009 prequalification submissions were received from two consortia, comprising eight of the world's most respected construction and specialist engineering companies.

These consortia were:

  • Forthspan comprising of Balfour Beatty, BAM Nuttal, Morgan Est (now Morgan Sindall) and Vinci (later changed to MT Hojgaard)
  • Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors comprising of Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Morrison

Both these consortia successfully passed the prequalification stage and were invited to participate in Competitive Dialogue on 4 December 2009. Invitations to Submit Final Tender were issued on 17 December 2010, and both Forthspan and Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors submitted a tender on 28 January 2011.

With The Bill receiving Royal Assent on 15 January 2011 and further to a tender evaluation the Contract was awarded to Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors.