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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
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.
19 June, 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.
Contractor fined for Crossrail incidents
02 August, 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
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’.
08 December, 2016
Spray on waterproof membranes remain a niche market but when it comes to complex geometries and potential tunnel design the advantages are becoming more widely understood and accepted
Efficient design of openings in SCL tunnels
31 October, 2016
This paper by Dr. Angelos Gakis and Petr Salak, both senior tunnel engineers and design managers for Dr. Sauer & Partners, presents the case for SFRC being sufficient to support an SCL tunnel opening, without the need for additional reinforcement.
Fisher street crossover: construction of the secondary lining
08 June, 2016
Engineers working at the Fisher Street Crossrail site analyse the secondary lininginstalled for a crossover between the two main lines
East meets West
31 December, 2015
Eight Herrenknecht TBMs turned in exemplary performances during tunnel excavation on the Crossrail project. Sally Spencer reports.
A Crossrail Milestone
31 December, 2015
Project managers Roger Mears and Greg Reichmann look back on three years of successful tunnelling at Crossrail. Sally Spencer Reports.
Mouchel appoints new director
27 November, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Mouchel has appointed Richard Crossley as its senior technical director for transport planning. Crossley joins from WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff where he led transportation planning services in the Middle East. Crossley brings with him over 40 years of experience within the transportation consultancy sector, including six years with the Department of Transport.
Carillion, Eiffage and Kier in HS2 race
16 July, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN - Carillion, Eiffage and Kier have announced their joint venture partnership to support the delivery of the UK’s High Speed 2 (HS2) rail project.
The role of inverse analysis in tunnel design
20 May, 2015
In this paper, Angelos Gakis, Stephen Flynn, Ali Nasekhian, and Panagiotis Spyridis, all of Dr Sauer & Partners look at the use of inverse analysis of finished tunnel structures, and the verification of models in modern tunnel design. this article also uses the underground structures of crossrail’s Farringdon Station in london, UK as a case study to illustrate the process
Murphy appoints strategy and business development director
05 March, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – J. Murphy & Sons has appointed Bill Merry as its new Strategy & Business Development Director, with executive responsibility for business development strategy.
20 November, 2014
Angelos Gakis was a runner-up for this year’s Harding Prize. This article is based on his paper, ‘Design of a SCL wraparound tunnel utilising a 3 D geological model at Crossrail’s Farringdon Station’.
Crossrail unworried by crane operator strikes
29 October, 2014
GREAT BRITAIN - Crossrail does not expect operator strikes against crane hire company HTC will cause any delays to construction, due to limited presence by that company on Crossrail sites. Construction union UCATT said in contrast: “Sites that are set to be affected by the industrial action includes: Crossrail, the London Bridge redevelopment, Nova Square Victoria, Elephant and Castle redevelopment and the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermarston.”
Crossrail Western tunnels: TBM Breakthrough at Bond street station
10 October, 2014
The construction of the Crossrail Western tunnels saw two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) build 13.7km of tunnel below the streets of central London.
Thames Water awards London sewage upgrade contract
04 December, 2013
Thames Water has confirmed Aecom and Murphy Kier (AMK) as the successful contractor for a GBP 177M (USD 290.4M) rebuild of one of London’s largest sewage works.
Compensation scheme for listed workers
11 October, 2013
Eight major construction companies announced a scheme to compensate workers whose names were on The Consulting Association (TCA) database. The practice of listing workers, and thus negatively affecting their reputations, is known colloquially as ‘blacklisting’ in the UK. The debate surrounding the TCA has been prominent in the last year.