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Crossrail Programme Partner Contract Awarded to Transcend Consortium, Including CH2M HILL

Crossrail Programme Partner Contract Awarded to Transcend Consortium, Including CH2M HILL

March 31, 2009 – Crossrail Ltd (CRL) and the Transcend consortium today signed the contract for Programme Partner on the prestigious UK rail project.

Transcend was formed specifically to bid for the Programme Partner role on Crossrail and comprises three world class industry leaders: AECOM, CH2M HILL, and the NICHOLS GROUP. These in turn are supported by three highly respected companies: Turner & Townsend for cost planning, Unipart Rail for logistics services and First Class Partnerships for rail operations.
Lee McIntire, CEO and President of CH2M HILL, said: “We are gratified to be selected as part of the team that will help deliver one of the world’s largest infrastructure programmes. We look forward to working with Crossrail and our Transcend partners, AECOM and the Nichols Group, to deliver this monumental transit programme.”

Jhan Schmitz, Team Leader of Transcend, said: “I am immensely proud of our team and their willingness to join me on this challenging venture. We have selected our most experienced and talented people to work on this programme. Together we have over 1,000 years of rail and programme management experience between us.
“We are all well aware that Crossrail has been planned over many years and, now the contract has been signed, we move into delivery phase when we can start work with colleagues at CRL and other stakeholders involved in Crossrail.”
The award of the Programme Partner contract to Transcend follows an extensive competition process run in accordance with EU procurement rules, including the standard ten day ‘stand still’ period which ended on 25 March.
Headquartered in Denver, Colo., employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in consulting, design, design-build, operations and program management for government, civil, industrial and energy clients. With $6.3 billion in revenue and 23,500 employees, CH2M HILL is an industry-leading program management, construction management and design firm, as ranked by Engineering News-Record (2010). The firm’s work is concentrated in the areas of water, transportation, environmental, energy and power, and facilities and infrastructure. The firm has long been recognized as a most-admired company and leading employer. Visit

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