The northern access shaft will provide access to the “northern disruption zone”. Lot 243 also covers various preparatory logistics facilities for the main lot. These include several shafts and a large logistics cavern for an underground concrete plant, portal excavation for the second tunnel tube and various installations for materials management.
Led by Implenia, the “secondo tubo” joint venture – in which Implenia has a 40% share, Webuild Group / csc has another 40% and Frutiger has 20% – won the contract ahead of four other bids and two additional variants, having scored highest in an evaluation of all the relevant criteria. The successful tender is subject to a 20-day appeal period. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring and should take around 2.5 years to complete.
The successful bid for the northern access shaft is the second lot awarded to Implenia within the project to build a second tube for the Gotthard road tunnel. In November 2020 it was asked to reposition the northern safety shaft (Lot 242). Prior to that, between 2001 and 2014, Implenia played a major role in the construction of the Gotthard Base Tunnel for the railway, a contract worth CHF 2.84 billion in total. The awarding of the contract for Lot 243 comes a few months before the tender for the two larger lots.
Christian Späth, Head Division Civil Engineering Implenia: “The Gotthard road tunnel is a key infrastructure project for Switzerland. With its wealth of experience and wide range of specialist skills, Implenia, Switzerland’s largest construction services provider, can make a significant contribution.”
As Switzerland’s leading construction and real estate service provider, Implenia develops and builds homes, workplaces and infrastructure for future generations in Switzerland and Germany. It also plans and builds complex infrastructure projects in Austria, France, Sweden and Norway. Formed in 2006, the company can look back on around 150 years of construction tradition. The company brings together the know-how of its highly skilled consulting, planning and execution units under the umbrella of an integrated leading multinational construction and real estate service provider. With its broad offering and the extensive experience of its specialists, the Group can realise complex major projects and provide customer-centric support across the entire life-cycle of a building or structure. It focuses on customer needs and on striking a sustainable balance between commercial success and social and environmental responsibility. Implenia, with its headquarters in Dietlikon near Zurich, employs more than 8,500 people in Europe and posted revenue of almost CHF 4 billion in 2020. The company is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (IMPN, CH0023868554). More information can be found at implenia.com.
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