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BTS announces Northumbria University meeting
10 July, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) will hold an evening meeting at Northumbria University. The event will feature a talk on the topic: ‘Tunnelling Under 21st Century Building Structures: Bond Street Station Upgrade and the infamous case of Avon House’. Speakers will be Andy Clarke (for Costain Laing O’Rourke), Richard Totty (for Bachy) and Paul Perry (formerly of Halcrow Atkins JV.
Crossrail outlines plan to complete Elizabeth Line
26 April, 2019
Great Britain – Crossrail has released an action plan to bring the project to a conclusion. The project has encountered delays and overspend in its final stages. The project will not be fully complete until 2021.
HS2 signs Euston construction partner contract
19 March, 2019
Great Britain – Mace/Dragados will deliver the High Speed 2 (HS2) terminus at London Euston. It will act as a construction partner, working with HS2 and the station designers, to coordinate the building of the new station, including platforms, concourse and links to London Underground and other rail services.
20 December, 2018
Following reader requests, Alex Conacher visits the VIP-Polymers manufacturing base near Cambridge, UK to learn why a Cast-in gasket’s corners needs to be compressible, not ‘soft’, no matter what specifications currently say
06 February, 2018
Automation of the steering and piloting for TBMs using a system developed by Vinci Construction engineers in the 1980s is continuing to deliver benefits. Bernadette Ballantyne reports
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.
James Clark Winner
06 September, 2017
The BTS has recognised the life’s work and contribution of Joseph Gallagher Ltd chairman Joseph Gallagher by awarding him this year’s James Clark Medal. He talks to Keren Fallwell about his career
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’.
Upgrading bond Street
29 June, 2017
London Underground Bond Street Station Upgrade Project (BSSU) is due for completion and open to public in April. In December’s British Tunnelling Society Meeting, the project was told from the perspective of the SCL designer and the contractor working in a one team environment. Through innovation and utilising the latest technology they pushed the SCL design boundaries and developed a safe system of work by minimising the impact on infrastructure while optimising the excavation times to create necessary additional underground space. The speakers were Richard Watts, project manager, London Underground; Steve Nuttall, project director, Color; Andreas Spiegl, principal tunnel engineer, Dr Sauer & Partners and senior SCL engineer on site
Dear green place
29 May, 2017
It is the morning after Burns Night and Tunnels and Tunnelling visits the Costain-Vinci Construction Grands Projets joint venture working on the Shieldhall Strategic Tunnel project in Glasgow for client, Scottish Water. One of the main purposes is to stop the disfiguring floods in the city whose name in broken Gaelic means ‘dear green place’
Shieldhall construction halfway complete
10 May, 2017
Great Britain - Work on Glasgow’s Shieldhall project is halfway complete, according to Scottish Water. In an announcement in early May, the client said that the milestone was reached as the TBM passed under Pollok Park. The project will be the longest wastewater tunnel in Scotland when complete.
Crossrail’s drilling rig
20 February, 2017
Crossrail is using a bespoke automated drilling rig for boring service connection holes, and fit out contractor ATC says that the investment has already paid off
03 November, 2016
The ITA’s Nordic Forum provides an opportunity for canada and other nations to exchange information. Tunnels & Tunnelling looks at projects underway in the region
Test of Strength
17 August, 2016
The redevelopment of Bond Street Tube station has recently trialled a new method of early strength monitoring of shotcrete. Rhian Owen highlights the risks of spraying concrete and how Strength Monitoring Using Thermal Imaging (SMUTI) could help eliminate the dangers
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.
Meeting the challenge
14 March, 2016
A small engineering company in Essex is making a big contribution to Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail. Sally Spencer Reports.
Mott MacDonald to design Thames Tideway East
29 January, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – Mott MacDonald will design the eastern section of the Thames Tideway sewer tunnel in London. The section will be constructed by a joint venture of Costain, Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche.
Thames Tideway financial backers confirmed
27 August, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Construction of the new ‘super sewer’ in London will begin next year. Confirmation of finance for the independent investors to finance and deliver the scheme was announced in August.