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Lower Thames Crossing plans accepted for review
29 November, 2022
The Lower Thames Crossing has moved a step closer with the Planning Inspectorate accepting National Highway’s application for a Development Consent Order.
National Highways resubmits application for UK’s longest road tunnel
08 November, 2022
National Highways has resubmitted its Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the Lower Thames Crossing.
MORE JV named as preferred bidder for Stonehenge Tunnel
26 May, 2022
The UK’s National Highways has named the preferred bidder for the £1.25bn contract for the controversial Stonehenge Tunnel.
Tunnelling among solutions for Scottish Highlands road
07 March, 2022
A tunnel is among options being considered for a notorious section of the A83 in Scotland.
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.
Divik Bandopadhyaya Interview
30 December, 2021
Aged 27, Divik Bandopadhyaya has just completed a one-year stint as chair of BTSYM. He discusses his education, interests and career to date, offering along the way some advice to newly-qualified tunnel engineers. George Demetri reports
HS2 announces shortlisted bidders for Phase 2a
21 October, 2021
HS2 has announced a shortlist of three bidders from which the Phase 2a Design and Delivery Partner will be chosen to build the new section of Britain’s high-speed rail network connecting the West Midlands and Crewe.
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…
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.
500 jobs to go at Aecom
06 August, 2020
In a sweeping restructuring of its business, infrastructure services provider Aecom is to make up to 500 employees redundant in the UK and Ireland. All areas of the business, including engineer roles are likely to be affected, with the process starting in October and continuing through to January 2021.
United Utilities TBM progressing under M65
04 August, 2020
UK water services provider United Utilities has started boring a new wastewater pipeline beneath the M65 motorway at Darwen in Lancashire, northern England. The project forms part of the £150m Blackburn and Darwen wastewater upgrade scheme.
The Avon House Case
19 May, 2020
Paola De Pascali talked with Paul Perry, associate director of Hewson consulting Engineers, about the infamous case of Avon House at the Bond Street Station Upgrade (BSSU) project and how it represents an example of sensitive building, which required a detailed investigation and mitigation measures
Hammersmith connection Tunnel
27 March, 2020
The September BTS meeting saw a presentation on the Thames Tideway project’s Hammersmith Connection Tunnel. The talk was presented by Peter Coppenhall of Morgan Sindall, working as the designer’s representative in Thames Tideway West, and Ed Batty of BAM Nuttall, currently working as a Tunnel Manager in the Frogmore Connection Tunnel. This report was prepared for Tunnels and Tunnelling by Rosa Diez, project director for Mott MacDonald
Atkins to design Varberg tunnel
30 January, 2020
Sweden - As member of the SNC-Lavalin Group Atkins has been awarded the detailed design and construction support for the new 3.1km tunnel in Sweden, which is part of an expansion to the country’s 300km West Coast Line between Gothenburg and Lund.
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.
BTS announces Northumbria University meeting
10 July, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) will hold an evening meeting at Northumbria University. The event will feature a talk on the topic: ‘Tunnelling Under 21st Century Building Structures: Bond Street Station Upgrade and the infamous case of Avon House’. Speakers will be Andy Clarke (for Costain Laing O’Rourke), Richard Totty (for Bachy) and Paul Perry (formerly of Halcrow Atkins JV.
Transport for London names preferred Silvertown Tunnel bidder
30 May, 2019
Great Britain – The Riverlinx consortium is set to build the Silvertown Tunnel. The group comprises Aberdeen Standard Investments, BAM PPP PGGM, Cintra, Macquarie Capital and SK Engineering & Construction.
Atkins makes plans for Sweden’s first high speed rail mainline
25 April, 2019
Sweden – Atkins has been appointed by the Swedish Transport Administration to develop plans for the country’s first high speed rail mainline. The East Link project will include 30 tunnels ranging from 100m up to 6km, for a total length of 25km.
Risk management in major projects
06 February, 2018
On the 19th of October, four speakers from across the tunnelling industry gave their perspective on the management of risk in tunnelling and major infrastructure projects.
15 November, 2017
Trends in geotechnical data and software. Report by Patrick Reynolds