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Muck disposal on a grand scale
25 August, 2020
Tideway (the so-called ‘super sewer’) is the biggest water infrastructure project in Europe and aims to rid the River Thames of millions of tonnes of raw sewage inflows every year. Julian Champkin reports on the progress so far
Coronavirus infections force segment plant closure
29 July, 2020
A rise in the number of workers testing positive for the coronavirus has forced infrastructure provider Balfour Beatty to close its state-of-the-art concrete segment plant at Bristol Port Dock in Avonmouth, England. The site, which will be closed until further notice, makes segments for EDF’s Hinkley Point C nuclear power project.
Veteran TBM holes through on Tideway connection tunnel
03 July, 2020
TBM Charlotte has completed her drive on an important connection tunnel that forms part of Thames Tideway, London’s 25km-long ‘super sewer’. Holing through on 2 July 2020 at Carnwarth Road, Fulham, southeast London, the 3m-diameter machine has been mining at average depths of around 30m on the Frogmore Connection Tunnel which has been excavated in two parts.
Finally back on track
11 June, 2020
HS2 has at last been given the green light, following the notice to proceed which is enabling four joint ventures to finalise their designs. Julian Champkin reports
Balfour Beatty Gammon in Hong Kong tunnel win
03 June, 2020
Gammon Construction, Balfour Beatty’s 50:50 joint venture, has been awarded a HKD7.2bn (USD929m) contract to deliver tunnels and other associated works for an automatic people mover (APM) and baggage handling system (BHS) at Hong Kong International Airport.
Lifting from below
27 April, 2020
While the use of cranes underground may be limited, when they are used, specific adaptations are often required. Ian Vallely spoke to tunnelling experts about their requirements, and crane companies who’ve met these demands
Hammersmith connection Tunnel
27 March, 2020
The September BTS meeting saw a presentation on the Thames Tideway project’s Hammersmith Connection Tunnel. The talk was presented by Peter Coppenhall of Morgan Sindall, working as the designer’s representative in Thames Tideway West, and Ed Batty of BAM Nuttall, currently working as a Tunnel Manager in the Frogmore Connection Tunnel. This report was prepared for Tunnels and Tunnelling by Rosa Diez, project director for Mott MacDonald
Thames Tideway excavation halfway complete
21 February, 2020
Great Britain – London’s new ‘super sewer’ half excavated. The TBMs boring the Thames Tideway project are 12.5km through the 25km-long, 7m-diameter project. As well as the main tunnel, a 1km-long, 3m-diameter connection tunnel is also currently under construction in Wandsworth at the western end of the project.
Alan Thomas Winter (1952-2019)
20 January, 2020
It is almost a year since Alan died unexpectedly in January 2019. Those who worked with Alan respected his immense knowledge and vast practical experience that he brought to bear for the benefit of numerous projects and clients. In addition, Alan was also well known and admired for his sense of humour and quick ability to add wit to alleviate the stress of crisis.
23 December, 2019
Phil Evans, a section planner, Jose Goncalves, a tunnel sub-agent and Sean Melody, works superintendent explains how digital transformation can reshape tunnelling, showing the latest digital technologies being used by the Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty joint venture delivering the west section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel
Breakthrough on Thames Tideway West
31 October, 2019
Great Britain – The first breakthrough on the Thames Tideway project took place last week at King George’s Park in Wandsworth. A 3m diameter Lovat EPBM, Charlotte, is digging the 1.1km Frogmore Connection Tunnel from Wandsworth to Fulham. The breakthrough marked completion of the 500m southern section of the tunnel and the TBM will now be lifted from the shaft, taken back to Dormay Street and placed back into the ground to tunnel 600m north to Fulham.
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