A partnership involving construction giant Lend Lease and French builder Bouygues is in the box seat for the $2.65 billion contract to design and build one of Sydney’s biggest road infrastructure projects after being named the preferred contractor for the development.

In its latest announcement, project owner Transurban said it had awarded preferred contractor status to the Lend Lease Bouygues partnership for the design and construction of NorthConnex – a $3 billion project in Sydney’s northern suburbs linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at its…