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WINNER OF BTS HARDING PRIZE 2022 ANNOUNCED
11 May, 2022
Chris Barrett, a 32-year-old civil engineer working with BAM Nuttall in London, has won the British Tunnelling Society’s Harding Prize 2022. The announcement was made at the BTS Annual Dinner on 6 May where Barrett received his award.
Lower Thames Crossing bidders start dialogue
27 April, 2022
National Highways has invited the three shortlisted bidders for the £2.3bn Lower Thames Crossing tunnelling contract to participate in “dialogue” on how to deliver the scheme.
HS2 unveils noise-cancelling Chiltern Tunnel north portal design
24 March, 2022
HS2 has revealed the designs for the north portal of the Chiltern Tunnel, which will cut noise from trains entering and exiting the tunnel.
Tunneller, lawyer and inventor
17 March, 2022
John Bartlett was a founder member/chairman of the British Tunnelling Society. He invented the bentonite tunnelling machine, designed the UK stretch of the Channel Tunnel and provided critical input into many other projects. Julian Champkin offers this appreciation of his life
Lower Thames Crossing to be "greenest road ever built in the UK"
25 February, 2022
The Lower Thames Crossing has been designated a ‘pathfinder’ project to explore carbon neutral construction as part of National Highways’ efforts to make the new crossing the greenest road ever built in the UK.
Ivor Thomas Interview
21 February, 2022
Past BTS Chair Ivor Thomas has spent a lifetime in civil engineering construction. He spoke to Julian Champkin about the past and future of tunnelling, the need to enthuse the public – and the exciting challenges that the new generation of tunnellers will face
TGV-style off-site techniques inspire HS2 tunnel designs
07 January, 2022
HS2 will use lessons learnt from the construction of French high-speed lines (‘TGV’) to build around 7km of tunnels using an off-site modular approach.
Components for largest-ever UK TBM arrive at Silvertown
16 December, 2021
Having passed factory acceptance tests on 2 December at the Herrenknecht works in Schwanau, Germany, parts of the giant TBM that will bore London’s Silvertown Tunnel have started to arrive in London.
Tunnelling the Thames
29 October, 2021
Sagar Sheth, Principal Tunnelling Engineer, and Richard Miller, Head of Tunnelling, both of Ramboll UK, describe the design checks and assurance services, risk and stakeholder management they provided during the construction of Tideway
29 October, 2021
Digital technology promises multiple benefits and is making huge inroads in many sectors but its take-up in tunnelling and other infrastructure projects is still at relatively early stages. Report by Patrick Reynolds
Five firms invited to tender for LTC road contracts
27 September, 2021
National Highways – formerly Highways England – has announced a shortlist of five construction and engineering companies to design and build the roads leading to the proposed Lower Thames Crossing (LTC).
Buried Tideway TBM allows milestone breakthrough
29 July, 2021
Tideway has announced that TBM Millicent, which had been due to complete her drive toward the shaft at Carnwath Road Riverside Site in Fulham, London, has instead been turned and buried to allow the construction of a short connection tunnel.
Harding Prize yields another young worthy winner
16 April, 2021
Presentations from three promising young tunnel engineers kept an audience fascinated for the best part of two hours yesterday evening during the online Harding Prize final organised by the British Tunnelling Society Young Members (BTSYM). So, the winner of the 2021 Harding Prize is…
Over the line
24 March, 2021
Describing an early upgrade at Bank Station around 30 years ago during the DLR extension, Ken Spiby, then a Nuttall shift engineer, now LBA director, recalls some of his tunnelling experiences, extracted here from the BTS 50th Anniversary book
Tales of tunnelling
23 March, 2021
The British Tunnelling Society was inaugurated exactly 50 years ago. Julian Champkin talked to its members about the society and its immense contribution to tunnelling
Lord of the rings
25 February, 2021
A new ring-build system is said to offer health and safety gains, but also cuts ring completion times by around a third - bringing significant cost savings. George Demetri reports
BTS celebrates 50 years
19 November, 2020
In February 2021, the British Tunnelling Society will be 50. To celebrate, it is compiling a major retrospective to chart half a century of momentous advances in tunnelling, recording the changes through the eyes of tunnellers. George Demetri takes a look
Barhale tunnel shield overcomes pipe-jack issues
20 October, 2020
UK-based infrastructure specialist Barhale designed an innovative tunnel shield for a 215m pipe jack which has connected to the main Tideway Tunnel beneath London’s River Thames.
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.
Mayor of London pressured to scrap tunnel
08 September, 2020
The Labour Party has called on Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, to urgently review plans for the proposed £1.2bn (US$1.55bn) Silvertown road tunnel in East London.