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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.
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
Hinkley Point C tunnels win ICE South West award
05 October, 2021
At a gala ceremony for the ICE South West Civil Engineering Awards held in Bristol, England on 30 September, Hinkley Point C Marine Works–Tunnels won the Project over £8m New Build Award.
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).
Cool talk on Hinkley Point C
12 August, 2021
Matthew Fowler of Balfour Beatty gave June’s British Tunnelling Society online lecture on the offshore cooling water tunnels at Hinkley Point C nuclear power station and the offsite construction of some of the critical components. Report by Ana Barbosa of Jacobs
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.
HS2 Warwickshire site now ready for TBM launch
26 February, 2021
Completion of site excavation at HS2’s north portal at Long Itchington Wood Tunnel, Warwickshire means the site is ready for the launch of the tunnel boring machine (TBM).
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
Key milestone reached at Hinkley Point C
14 December, 2020
UK-based contractor Balfour Beatty has holed through on the first of three off-shore tunnels which form part of the cooling-water system at the Hinkley Point C power station. The firm hailed the accomplishment as a key milestone in the construction of the power plant which is located in North Somerset, England.
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.
Muck disposal on a grand scale
25 August, 2020
Tideway (the so-called ‘super sewer’) is the biggest water infrastructure project in Europe and aims to rid the River Thames of millions of tonnes of raw sewage inflows every year. Julian Champkin reports on the progress so far