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Barhale appoints new director
01 February, 2023
Civil engineering and infrastructure specialist Barhale has appointed a new regional director for Yorkshire and north-east England.
HS2 partners with Build UK for Open Doors 2023
11 January, 2023
HS2 is partnering with Build UK, an organisation representing more than 40% of the UK construction industry, to support the Open Doors 2023 programme.
BTS 2023 lecture series gets under way
05 January, 2023
The British Tunnelling Society’s (BTS) 2023 evening lectures kick off with a presentation on HS2 on January 19.
HS2 relaunches TBM for second bore
24 November, 2022
Balfour Beatty Vinci (BBV) has launched a TBM for its second 1.6km (one mile) bore on the HS2 high-speed railway.
HS2’s 2.7km spoil conveyor starts operation
23 November, 2022
A 2.7km (1.7 mile) network of conveyors has begun operating in West London, and will move more than five million tonnes of spoil excavated for the construction of HS2.
HS2 announces winners of competition to drive best practice
14 November, 2022
HS2 Ltd has announced this year’s winners of a competition to share insight from the UK’s largest construction project with the wider infrastructure industry.
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.
Out and in at sea
31 October, 2022
Major lifts for tunnel projects have taken place at sea recently for an outfall off Kuwait and at Hinkley Point C power station, in UK
Design and construction of a cavern in downtown LA
31 October, 2022
Christoph Eberle reports on the BTS March evening meeting where Carlos Herranz, Tunnel Design Manager at Mott MacDonald, discussed the design and construction by sequential excavation of LA Metro’s largest underground cavern.
HS2 TBM cutterhead transported to start second bore
23 September, 2022
The giant cutterhead for HS2’s Long Itchington Wood Tunnel TBM has been transported back to its starting point, ready for its second bore.
Steps forward in SCL sustainable tunnels
30 August, 2022
Ross Dimmock, vice president for tunnelling at Normet, gave an online talk for the BTS lecture in January to discuss the advancing performance of sprayed concrete lining (SCL) technology in underground construction, including progress to support sustainability
Tunnelling completed at Hinkley Point C
11 August, 2022
Balfour Beatty has completed the third and final offshore tunnel for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station’s cooling system under the Bristol Channel in the UK.
First breakthough made on HS2
26 July, 2022
The first tunnelling breakthrough has been made on HS2, the UK’s new high-speed rail line.
Laing O’Rourke to design and build HS2 Interchange Station in Solihull
13 July, 2022
The contractor has won the £370m contract ahead of Unity (a joint venture between Sir Robert McAlpine, VolkerFitzpatrick and WSP) and Skanska, who were named alongside Laing on the shortlist last year.
New HS2 conveyor removes 30,000 HGV journeys
01 July, 2022
A new conveyor has started operating on HS2’s Long Itchington Wood Tunnel site to carry more than 750,000 tonnes of excavated material over the Grand Union Canal where it will be reused in other locations on the project.
Harding prize yields another worthy winner
24 June, 2022
Chris Barrett, a young civil engineer working with BAM Nuttall on Tideway’s Western Section C405 has won the British Tunnelling Society’s Harding Prize 2022 for his paper ‘The Planning and Construction of Main Line Tunnel B Connection Tunnel’ It is reproduced below by kind permission of the author
HS2 achieves first diesel-free site
13 May, 2022
HS2 has announced its first completely diesel-free site on the high-speed rail construction project.
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.
HS2 launches first TBM on Midlands stretch of high-speed line
03 December, 2021
Having pushed the big red start button, HS2 CEO Mark Thurston initiated the launch of the first tunnel boring machine to dig the Midlands stretch of the UK’s high-speed railway.
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