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Hinkley Point C reaches another key milestone
25 September, 2019
Great Britain – Tunnelling works have started at the Hinkley Point C project, UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation. Almost 38,000 concrete segments are being installed to support the three underground marine tunnels at up to 33m below the seabed of the Bristol Channel.
Thames Tideway connection contract awarded to Barhale
04 October, 2018
Great Britain – Barhale has been awarded a contract to intercept the West Putney Storm Relief CSO and connect it to the main Thames Tideway Tunnel. The GBP 9M (USD 11.7M) contract, which was awarded by Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, will see the construction of a series of underground structures to link the two systems.
Steering the ship
21 September, 2018
Alex Conacher speaks with Mark Leggett of Mott MacDonald as he takes the immediate past chair position at the British Tunnelling Society and looks back on his two years at the helm
Welsh fairy tale
20 September, 2018
Fairy tales: we all remember our favourites. Steve Mackey, chair of the Rhondda Tunnel Society may well be living his own.
05 September, 2018
Nicole Robison and Paola De Pascali look at innovative ways to bring equipment and materials from the factory floor to the bottom of the tunnel shaft
29 August, 2018
From a childhood passion for Lego to a management attitude for tunnel projects. Paola De Pascali spoke with Leah Jacobs, handover manager at London Bridge Associates and winner of the Harding Prize 2018
26 July, 2018
Paola De Pascali met Ben Green, delivery manager for the West section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel and Ivor Thomas, tunnel manager for the joint venture of Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, which is coming to terms with the challenges of working in confined spaces at the Carnwath Road site for the Tideway project
Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link awards M&E contract
25 July, 2018
Hong Kong – A joint venture of Balfour Beatty and Gammon Construction has been an M&E contract on the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok project. The USD 350M contract is for the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link – Northern Connection tunnel buildings, electrical and mechanical works.
22 June, 2018
Paola De Pascali talked with Balfour Beatty tunnelling manager and past BTS chair Roger Bridge about the Tunnel Survey course, the first of its kind in the UK
A life underground
09 May, 2018
A journey through the career of Ken Muir, working all over the world, often in extreme conditions
Morgan Sindall UNPS re-brands
01 February, 2018
Great Britain - Morgan Sindall’s Underground Professional Services (UnPS) has been renamed Morgan Sindall Engineering Solutions. The change was brought into effect on 1 January 2018.
Kier and Eiffage pick up Carillion HS2 work
31 January, 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
24 January, 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.
22 January, 2018
Paola De Pascali looks at an array of the education and training programmes for underground construction that are on offer around the world
The Nuclear Solution
06 September, 2017
Balfour Beatty has announced that it is EDF Energy’s preferred bidder for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station tunnelling and marine works package. The four-year contract will involve the construction of three tunnels for a total of 9.5km in length and 7m in diameter. The tunnels will form part of the cooling system required.
Tuca part two
21 August, 2017
Part of Crossrail’s legacy is the training academy it set up in 2011 to address the skills shortage. Sally Spencer reports
HS2 Phase One Stage One winners announced
17 July, 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’.
13 July, 2016
The Tideway Tunnel, a major new sewer that will help tackle the problem of overfl ows from the capital's Victorian sewers, has caused controversy since its initial proposal. Rhian Owen looks at the lengthy site selection process that was undertaken and the scope of work that lies ahead to bring this project to completion.
Achievements and Aspirations
08 June, 2016
Last month saw a changing of the guard at the BTS, with Roger Bridge handing the Chairman’s baton over to Mark Leggett. They spoke to Sally Spencer about achievements thus far and plans for the future
Britain launches segmental lining code of practice
20 April, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – A specification for the design of concrete segmental linings was launched in mid-April. The document, “Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 8810:2016 – Tunnel Design: Design of concrete segmental linings: Code of practice” was produced by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and lead technical author Arup.