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Kier and Eiffage pick up Carillion HS2 work
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Great Britain - Following the total collapse of one of Britain’s largest contractors, Carillion, Kier and Eiffage have picked up its HS2 work. The companies, which were in joint venture with Carillion to deliver GBP 1.4bn of projects in the HS2 programme, confirm that they are offering employment to the 51 Carillion employees including apprentices, currently working on the HS2 joint venture.
Mammoet delivers first Tideway TBM
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Great Britain - Mammoet has delivered the first TBM to the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in Central London. The machine was delivered to the 7km west section of the project. It is now in the hands of the contractor, a JV of Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty.
East Ayrshire water supply tunnel complete
Monday, January 08, 2018 Great Britain - The Caledonia Water Alliance (CWA) has successfully tunnelled beneath the A77 road and River Irvine in East Ayrshire, Scotland.
Breakthrough on West London gas tunnel
Thursday, January 04, 2018 Great Britain - A 330m-long tunnel from London’s Chelsea to Battersea Park has broken through. Owned by gas distribution company Cadent, the tunnel forms part of a GBP 1bn programme to replace ageing infrastructure.
British tax system to change for contractors
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Great Britain - In an attempt to tackle VAT fraud in the construction industry, the Government announced on the day of its latest budget that it will introduce a domestic reverse charge’ VAT scheme for construction services.
Armstrong made BGA honorary secretary
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Great Britain - Nick Armstrong, a site characterisation and geoconsulting manager for geotechnical expert Fugro, has been appointed honorary secretary of the British Geotechnical Association (BGA).
Subsurface workshop tackles transport
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Great Britain - On 30 November Think Deep UK (TDUK) hosted a workshop in London to explore future transportation, with an interactive programme of presentations and working in small groups to consider future development of urban underground space with cities’ transportation requirements in mind.
ECITB welcomes British skills boost in budget
Thursday, November 23, 2017 Great Britain - The Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), a statutory skills body for engineering and construction, has welcomed measures announced in the Autumn Budget designed to boost investment in infrastructure and skills.
Breakthrough on the Northern Line Extension
Thursday, November 23, 2017 Great Britain - The two TBMs mining the Northern Line Extension project in London have broken through. Launched in February 2017, the two 6m-diameter EPBMs bored twin 3.2km tunnels running from Battersea to Kennington, with the second breakthrough taking place on 8 November.
New VIP gasket corner joint
Thursday, November 09, 2017 Great Britain - VIP Polymers has been awarded a UK patent for a cast-in rubber gasket corner joint designed to reduce the risk of tunnel segment cracking during installation.
Shieldhall breakthrough
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Great Britain - The TBM has broken through on the Shieldhall project. At GBP 100M, Scotland’s largest wastewater tunnel has taken 15 months to excavate.
Murphy’s new CEO
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Great Britain - J. Murphy & Sons Limited has appointed John Murphy as its new CEO. Murphy was the company’s current chief operating officer as Tunnels and Tunnelling went to print, responsible for leading the group’s operations in the UK and abroad. CEO Steve Hollingshead will step down at the end of the year (December 2017) and take up a role as non-executive director on the company’s board.
BTS Underground Health and Safety Course
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is accepting registrations for its health and safety course.
New Hochtief UK managing director
Monday, August 21, 2017 United Kingdom - Lawrence Jackson has been appointed as Managing Director of Hochtief (UK) Construction after former Managing Director, Sally Cox, stepped down.
Oxford Circus train fire
Friday, August 11, 2017 Great Britain – A small fire broke out as a Bakerloo Line approached Oxford Circus in London this morning (11 August).
Fugro bags geotechnical contracts at York Potash
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 Great Britain - Fugro has been awarded two contracts for geotechnical and geophysical investigations at the York Potash project. The project is to develop the world’s largest known high grade polyhalite deposit. Construction includes a new mine to extract the ore, a 37km tunnel hosting an underground mineral transportation system (MTS), a granulation facility in Teesside, and an export quay on the River Tees.
Contractor fined for Crossrail incidents
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 Great Britain - The Bam Ferrovial Kier (BFK) joint venture has been fined GBP 1M for three health and safety incidents on London’s Crossrail project, one of which involved the death of a worker.
HS2 Phase One Stage One winners announced
Monday, July 17, 2017 Great Britain - The High Speed Two project has announced the winning bidders to construct the first stage of the first phase of the project, which is split into three ‘Areas’.
Queen promises High Speed Two
Friday, June 30, 2017 Great Britain – The Queen has committed the government to investing in High Speed Two (HS2). In the 2017 Queen’s Speech, a traditional way in which the priorities of government are announced to the nation, the UK’s head of state briefly touched upon the project amidst an array of other ideas.
Harding Prize winner 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Great Britain - Omar Mohammed was awarded the 2017 Harding Prize. The Transport for London engineer was recognised for presenting the best paper, as chosen by BTS judges, at the May meeting of the society.

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