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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

Washington state supreme court won't hear Brightwater lawsuit
14 September, 2016
The Washington State Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court ruling that affirmed King County is entitled to more than USD 129M in damages from a tunnelling contractor that defaulted on key contractual obligations as part of the Brightwater tunnel construction, the county announced September 12.

Fehmarnbelt conditional contracts signed
01 June, 2016
GERMANY/DENMARK - Conditional contracts have now been signed with the consortia chosen to construct the Fehmarnbelt fixed link. Following the previous announcement, pen has been put to paper. A slight delay caused the contracts to be signed at the end of May rather than mid-May, and this was due to a complaint being received.

Bids opened for Thimble Shoal tunnel project
03 May, 2016
USA - The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel district (CBBT) received its Final Technical Proposals and Price Proposals for the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Project on April 29.

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.

Fehmarnbelt conditional contractors chosen
16 March, 2016
DENMARK/GERMANY – The preferred bidders for the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link have been named. Client Femern said it had chosen a joint venture consisting of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Per Aarsleff, Wayss & Freytag, Max Bögl, CFE, Bachy Solétance, BAM Infra, BAM International, Dredging International, and Cowi.

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.

Buchan awarded Shieldhall ring supply contract
21 August, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Buchan Underground was recently awarded a contract to supply 3,277 precast rings for the Shieldhall Tunnel project in Glasgow. Each 4.56m-diameter ring is made up of six segments, each weighing 2300kg that equates to over 19,500 segments to be supplied to the project.

Lee Tunnel secondary lining complete
03 July, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – The contractor has completed the secondary lining on the Lee Tunnel project in London, UK. A joint venture of Morgan Sindall, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche, has completed the secondary lining of Thames Water’s 7km sewer tunnel.

VINCI-Bouygues JV bags USD 300M Cairo metro job
05 June, 2015
EGYPT - A joint venture led by VINCI Construction Grands Projets alongside Bouygues Travaux Publics, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, has won a USD 300M contract to build the extension of Line 3 of Cairo metro system.

Murphy appoints regional operations director
27 February, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Contractor J Murphy & Sons has appointed Peter Walsh as operations director for the ‘London and South’ region. Walsh will be responsible for the civil engineering business, including rail, tunnelling and piling.

Greek Young Members emerge with Athens Career Day
01 December, 2014
GREECE - The first activity of the Young Members Group of the Greek Tunnelling Society (YMG-GTS) enjoyed an enthusiastic industry reception. The ‘Career Day for Tunnel and Geotechnical Professionals’ was held on 28 September during the 2nd Eastern European Tunnelling Conference in Athens, Greece and its attendance of 80 professionals exceeded expectations.

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.”