CRL moves to single Alliance to deliver stations, tunnels and rail systems
20 December 2018
City Rail Link Ltd (CRLL) today announced that it intends to proceed with a single Alliance to deliver the stations, tunnels and rail systems – including the C7 Rail Systems Contract.
CRLL Chief Executive Dr Sean Sweeney says that a single alliance will deliver positive outcomes and significant opportunities for the project.
The decision follows the announcement that RCR Tomlinson and more recently RCR infrastructure (NZ) had gone into voluntary administration. RCR Infrastructure (NZ) Ltd forms part of the Systems Alliance (C7 consortium) that has been awarded the Interim Project Alliance Agreement (IPAA) that is currently delivering the design for the C7 Systems Contract.
“We were notified on 21 November that RCR Tomlinson was in voluntary administration with administrators undertaking a trade sale of profitable parts of the business – including RCR Infrastructure NZ. Since then we have worked hard to understand the impacts on the project and identify the best way forward to complete the C7 works.
“We have determined that the best-possible response is for the current C7 consortium to continue to deliver the design elements for the C7 systems. However, they will no longer submit a tender for the C7 construction works which will instead be incorporated into the C3 Main Station and Tunnels Alliance - due to start construction mid-next year.
The C3 contract is currently in the final stages of a tender process with two shortlisted tenderers, the Link Joint Venture with Downer, Vinci Grands Projets, Soletanche Bachy, AECOM, Tonkin and Taylor and WSP Opus and a joint venture between CPB Contractors, UGL, Beca, McMillan Jacob and Jacobs.
The contract is expected to be awarded by the end of April next year and the successful tenderer will now deliver the stations, tunnels and the rail systems for the City Rail Link project.
Dr Sweeney says that delivering City Rail Link on schedule is a key priority and was a critical factor in deciding to go with a single Alliance. He adds that delivering the works as a single Alliance will deliver many benefits for the project.
“By shifting to a single Alliance model now we are ensuring no time lost on the procurement programme as a result of the RCR administration process. It also removes the need for major interface coordination which means less risk and it reduces demands on resources across our delivery partners.”
Dr Sweeney says that the C7 Consortium will continue to complete the design work which is likely to be finished by March next year.
18 December 2018 - Further Statement from CRL Ltd re RCR Tomlinson Administration
City Rail Link is aware that RCR Infrastructure NZ has been placed into voluntary administration.
This has no impact on the work that is currently being undertaken as part of the Interim Project Alliance Agreement to deliver the design for the project’s C7 contract.
RCR Infrastructure NZ forms part of that Alliance together with WSP Opus and other parties.
That design work is continuing and is expected to be complete in March next year.
City Rail Link is being prudent and is planning for a number of contingencies with regards to delivering the construction of the C7 contract.
23 November 2018 - Statement from CRL Ltd re RCR Tomlinson Administration
RCR Infrastructure (NZ) Ltd is in joint venture with WSP Opus to deliver a design solution for the C7 rail systems contract
The C7 rail systems contract is one of seven contracts that will be building the City Rail Link (CRL). See the Procurement section for details
The contract has a current value of $7.5m
The joint venture currently has 75% staffed by WSP Opus
RCR Infrastructure (NZ) Ltd - a party the CRLL is in contract with - is not in administration and is still trading
Work has not stopped on the on the C7 design
CRLL met with the New Zealand agent of the administrators (acting in relation of the voluntary administration of the Australian entity) today to discuss the ramifications of the RCR administration on the RCR Infrastructure (NZ) Ltd. The administrator’s current position is that they are working to secure further working capital from the existing banking syndicate to enable a quick robust process to determine the value of the profitable parts of the business
As is prudent, CRLL continues to evaluate a range of options.
01 June - C3 Tunnel Tender (Media Release)
CRLL announces the delivery of Contract 3 in a competitive alliance
In June 2017 the then Finance Minister, Steven Joyce, and Transport Minister, Simon Bridges, signed agreements with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff establishing City Rail Link Limited (CRLL) as a new company owned jointly by central and local Government.
CRLL is responsible for delivering the City Rail Link (CRL), New Zealand’s first underground rail system that will help shape the future development of Auckland and unlock development opportunities across the city and beyond.
Contract one was to build the train tunnels under Britomart station and Lower Queen Street. Contract two is the construction of cut and cover tunnels up Albert Street from Customs Street to Wyndham Street. Both contracts are being delivered by CRLL as design and construct projects.
On 19 June 2018 CRLL announced the delivery of contract 3 in a competitive alliance with two bidders. The tender process for the alliance will start later this year.
“Delivering the project in an alliance makes good business sense,” said interim CEO John Williamson. “It’s a model that is widely used particularly for large scale projects in the delivery stage, and that’s where we are now”.
Mr Williamson said it CRLL is committed to delivering value for money. “An alliance provides best value, delivery efficiency and effective management of quality and risk on this hugely significant national infrastructure project,” continued Mr Williamson.
Mr Williamson said there may be changes to the structure and staffing requirements of CRLL resulting from the move to the delivery phase and into an alliance.
“A project of this magnitude goes through many phases and requires different expertise as it progresses. And while there may be no change for most people, some roles may move to the alliance partner organisation and a small number of roles may be disestablished due to contracts coming to an end, the requirements of the new alliance model, and the staffing requirements for the delivery phase,” said Mr Williamson.
“CRL will help shape the future of Auckland and everyone in the team can be proud of their contribution,” continued Mr Williamson.
02 May - C7 Systems Integration, Testing and Commissioning
On Wednesday 2 May 2018 the C7 Systems, Integration, Testing and Commissioning Request for Proposal closed.
29 March – C7 Systems Integration, Testing and Commissioning
On Thursday 29th March CRLL Procurement released the C7 Systems Integration, Testing and Commissioning Request for Proposal (RFP) to the shortlisted Respondents. The RFP will close on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.
20 February - C3 Media Statement
The release of tender documents for the City Rail Link tunnels and stations will be delayed by up to three months following the withdrawal of a preferred bidder from the process.
CRL chief executive Chris Meale says while the withdrawal is disappointing it won’t prevent progress on the CRL tender and discussions have already started with another prospective bidder.
“We are fortunate that the initial line-up of eight bidders for the project was exceptional and it was a hard choice to determine the top two."
Mr Meale said one of them made its own commercial decision to withdraw this week. “While we are naturally disappointed, we are moving on.”
It is too early to tell if the three-month delay will roll on into the current project completion date of early 2024.
02 February - Independent Safety Assessor
The Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Request for Tender (RFT) was released to bona fide tenderers who registered interested during the Registration of Interest (ROI) phase.
20 December - C3 Stations and Tunnels EOI Shortlist
The C3 Expression of Interest (EOI) evaluation is nearing completion and will conclude with the shortlisting of two Respondents being selected to participate in the RFT phase.
The names of the shortlisted Respondents will be announced following the conclusion of the shortlisting phase.
The RFT phase will commence in March 2018.
19 December - C6 Mt Eden Stormwater Contract Award
On 19 December 2017 the C6 Mt Eden Stormwater Main Relocation Contract was awarded to March / Bessac JV.
15 December – Independent Safety Assessor
On 15 December 2017 the Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Registration of Interest notice was released to the market via GETS (ref# 19332571) and Tender Link (ref# NZ-793876).
3 August – C6 Mt Eden Stormwater Main Relocation RFT closed
On 3 August 2017 the C6 Mt Eden Stormwater Main Relocation RFT closed.
19 July – C3 Stations and Tunnels Expressions of Interest (EOI) closed
On 19 July 2017 the C3 Stations and Tunnels EOI closed.
11 May – C3 Stations and Tunnels Expressions of Interest (EOI) Invited for
On 11 May 2017 the EOI for the C3 Stations and Tunnels was issued to invited respondents.
11 May - C6 RFT released
The C6 Mt Eden Stormwater Main Relocation RFT has been progressively released. The notice was advertised on Tenderlink (Ref: AKTSPT-765220) and GETS (ref 18601130). Interested organisations were granted access to AWARD, the tender portal software, on 11 May.
8 May – C3 Pre Qualification Outcome
The C3 Stations and Tunnels Pre-Qualification phase is complete and eight respondents will be invited to proceed to the RFT Phase. The eight respondents are:
Acciona Infrastructure New Zealand Limited
Bam International Australia Pty Limited
China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) JV
CPB Contractors Pty Limited
Ferrovial Agroman (New Zealand) Limited
Salini Impregilo S.p.A
The Fletcher Construction Company Limited
Vinci Construction Grands Projets S.A.S (VCGP) JV
24 April - C7 EOI tender evaluation complete
The C7 Systems, Integration, Testing and Commissioning EOI evaluation is complete and 3 respondents have been shortlist to proceed to the RFT phase. The shortlisted respondents are:
John Holland (NZ) Ltd
Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd
RCR (Infrastructure) NZ Ltd.
11 April - C3 Pre-Qualification update
On 1 March 2017 the C3 Pre-Qualification tender closed. 10 submissions were received.
The evaluation is complete and 8 respondents have qualified to proceed to the next tender phase - the EOI phase. The C3 EOI will be released soon.
20 February - C7 EOI closed
On 20 February 2017 the C7 Systems, Integration, Testing and Commissioning EOI closed. 8 submissions were received.
3 February - Pre Qual invited for C3 Stations and Tunnels
On 1 February 2017 the invitation to submit a Pre Qual for the C3 Stations and Tunnels was issued.
Interested parties should refer to Tenderlink / GETS for documentation. The Tenderlink reference is AKTSPT-754861.
CRL Ltd is using the AWARD software for managing the tender process for this Pre Qual. The AWARD system will be the portal used for tender notifications. Respondents must register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for access and to be set up for the AWARD software.
The registration email must include:
User's full name
User's position or role within the company/consortium
User's email address.
Submissions are to be made via AWARD software. Details of this are included in the C3 Pre Qual documentation.
To be considered for the C3 Pre Qual suppliers must prequalify through this process. CRL Ltd tenders will not be using Auckland Transport’s Prequalification Register. All CRL Work Packages will be tendered as separate contracts and contractors will need to prequalify through the CRL Ltd process.
20 January - C7 Expression of interest (EOI) released
On 18 January 2017 the invitation to submit an EOI for the C7 Systems, Integration, Testing and Commissioning was issued.
Interested parties should refer to Tenderlink/GETS for the documentation. The Tenderlink reference is AKTSPT-753390.
CRL Ltd is using the AWARD software for managing the tender process for this EOI. The AWARD system will be the portal used for tender notifications. Respondents must register by emailing email@example.com for access and to be set up for the AWARD software.
The registration email must include:
User's full name
User's position or role within the company/consortium
User's email address.
Submissions are to be made via AWARD software. Details of this are included in the EOI documentation.
19 January - CRL milestone achieved
The CRL has reached a major milestone with the first city to Mt Eden contract documents being sent to the industry.
(look for Next City Rail Link project milestone achieved posted on 19 January 2017)