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Three bidders shortlisted for Lower Thames Crossing
07 April, 2021
Highways England has named three construction/engineering companies which it has shortlisted to build the proposed Lower Thames Crossing – destined to be the longest road tunnel in Britain and hailed as the most ambitious UK roads project for a generation.
HS2 Warwickshire site now ready for TBM launch
26 February, 2021
Completion of site excavation at HS2’s north portal at Long Itchington Wood Tunnel, Warwickshire means the site is ready for the launch of the tunnel boring machine (TBM).
Vinci wins Grand Paris shaft contract
02 February, 2021
Two Vinci Group subsidiaries (Construction and Energies) have won a US$78.5m contract to build a series of shafts on Line 15 of the Grand Paris Express metro expansion.
Herrenknecht TBM delivered for Auckland City Rail Link
23 October, 2020
A 7.15m-diameter Herrenknecht EPB TBM has been delivered to the Link Alliance for work on New Zealand’s largest transport infrastructure project – the Auckland City Rail Link (CRL).
Balfour Beatty completes Hinkley cooling-water tunnels
06 October, 2020
Balfour Beatty has achieved a breakthrough on the longest and last of five onshore cooling-water tunnels at the Hinkley Point C project at Bridgwater in Somerset, England.
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
A good dose of fibre
11 June, 2020
Steel fibre-reinforced concrete and its historic use in metro tunnels was the subject of discussion at a seminar hosted by steel-fibre maker Bekaert. Paola De Pascali reports
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
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
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.
27 September, 2019
A round-up of tunnel work in the Nordic Forum
Link Alliance awarded City Rail Link TBM tunnels contract
31 July, 2019
New Zealand – The Auckland City Rail Link main design construction contract (C3) was awarded in July. The NZD 1.7bn (USD 1.12bn) tender was scooped by the Link Alliance, a joint venture of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Downer NZm Soletanche Bachy, WSP Opus, Aecom and Tonkin & Taylor.
Under the sea
04 June, 2019
Paola De Pascali spoke with Henrik Christensen, Femern technical director to explore logistics and dredging challenges behind the Fehmarnbelt tunnel
The grand Renaissance
04 June, 2019
The tunnelling sector is booming in France after some dark years. Paola De Pascali met Michel Deffayet, the chair of the French Tunnelling Society (AFTES)
The big conversion
12 April, 2019
Paola De Pascali spoke with Florent Detraux, tunnel construction manager at Vinci Construction Grand Projets, about the conversion of an NFM TBM to use Herrenknecht Variable Density technology on the third metro line Phase 4A in Cairo
HRBT team to build Virginia extension
18 February, 2019
US – Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced February 15 that the Commonwealth of Virginia has selected Hampton Roads Connector Partners, a design-build team, to deliver the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) Expansion Project. The fixed price (USD 3.3bn) and fixed completion date (November 1, 2025) contract is expected to be executed in April.
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
Bessac to supply safety gallery TBM
09 August, 2018
France – Bessac is going to supply a TBM to Vinci (Chantiers Modernes Construction) to construct a safety gallery for a rail tunnel in Meudon, west Paris. The machine, a 4.4m EPBM, will be delivered in September.
Combining Two Soft Ground TBM Technologies
27 March, 2018
The development of Herrenknecht’s Variable Density TBM is detailed by Karin Bäppler, head of geotechnics and consulting for traffic tunnelling; Frédéric Battistoni, division manager for traffic tunnelling and Werner Burger, manager of the design division - traffic tunneling
RATP awards contract on future Line 14
23 February, 2018
The consortium led by Vinci Construction (Dodin Campenon Bernard, lead company; Vinci Construction France; Vinci Construction Grands Projets and Botte Fondations), together with Spie batignolles (Spie batignolles Génie Civil and Spie batignolles Fondations), has been awarded a major contract as part of the Grand Paris Express programme.