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Fire at Silvertown Tunnel site
28 September, 2022
A fire broke out at the Silvertown Tunnel site in London last night.
Assembly work on HS2 green tunnel to restart next week
13 September, 2022
HS2 intends to restart assembly of the pre-cast concrete ‘green tunnel’ in Northamptonshire next week.
“Quality issues” found in HS2 green tunnel segments
18 August, 2022
Pre-cast segments forming HS2’s first ‘green tunnel’ are being tested after quality issues were identified in “a few segments”.
Silvertown TBM final assembly begins
21 June, 2022
The first elements of the TBM for London’s new Silvertown Tunnel have been lowered into the launch chamber, marking the start of final assembly.
HS2’s first prefabricated tunnel takes shape
10 June, 2022
Construction has started on HS2’s first ‘green tunnel’, designed to reduce the amount of embedded carbon in the structure.
Tenders received for new UK hydro project
06 June, 2022
Plans for Scotland’s Coire Glas hydro pumped storage scheme have moved closer with the receipt of tenders for the project’s main construction works.
Silvertown Tunnel eye lifted into position
01 June, 2022
Tunnelling on Transport for London’s Silvertown Tunnel has moved a step closer with the tunnel eye being placed in position.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Veteran TBM holes through on Tideway connection tunnel
03 July, 2020
TBM Charlotte has completed her drive on an important connection tunnel that forms part of Thames Tideway, London’s 25km-long ‘super sewer’. Holing through on 2 July 2020 at Carnwarth Road, Fulham, southeast London, the 3m-diameter machine has been mining at average depths of around 30m on the Frogmore Connection Tunnel which has been excavated in two parts.