Aedas has been named by Crossrail as one of the 12 engineering and architecture firms who will sit on the design framework for the £17bn London rail scheme. Each will bid for packages to design stations, tunnels and shafts, and railway systems. The other firms on the list include Arup, Atkins, BDP, Capita Symonds, Halcrow, Hyder, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Scott Wilson and WSP.
The announcement constitutes a significant shift forward in the delivery of Crossrail following parliamentary approval for the new £15.9bn rail route in July of this year. The framework agreement will be in place until the line is fully operational, lasting eight to ten years.
Crossrail will be the biggest addition to the transport infrastructure in London and the South East for 50 years and is also set to be the biggest construction project in Europe. At the height of construction it is estimated that around 14,000 people will be employed.