Acciona and Ghella selected for $2.1bn Vancouver subway extension

Acciona and Ghella have won a contract to extend the Millennium Line of Vancouver’s subway by 5.7km.

The Millennium Line will be extended from VCC-Clark Station to Broadway and Arbutus (see picture above).

The majority of the US2.1bn (C$2.83bn) contract will be split between Acciona and Ghella for their roles as joint proponents, design-build contractor, and tunnel contractor.

Acciona and Ghella will work with Parsons as the systems integration contractor.

A team of Mott MacDonald Canada, Canada’s IBI Group and Dialog Architecture and Spanish engineer Ingenieria Especializada Obra Civil e Industrial, will work as the design contractors.

Public firm Transportation Investment Corporation will work on behalf of British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, providing controls, practices and other oversight.

When completed in 2025, the commute from VCC-Clark Station to Arbutus Station will take 11 minutes, down from an average of 30 minutes, while relieving Broadway’s traffic congestion.

Construction on the project is due to begin in Autumn 2020.

The provincial government said the project is part of its community benefits agreement to increase training and apprenticeship opportunities for locals, Indigenous peoples, women, people with disabilities, young people and other traditionally under-represented groups who want to gain skills.

Image courtesy of the government of British Columbia

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