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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.
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.
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.
Tunnels facilitate first UK curved jacked-box structure
05 August, 2020
On 1 August 2020, UK-based Morgan Sindall broke through on the second of two tunnels on Network Rail's Werrington Grade Separation project. Advancing around 7m/day, a Lovat RM132 3.5m-diameter EPB machine has excavated two guide tunnels that form part of an ambitious civil engineering project that will see installation of the UK’s first-ever curved jacked-box structure.
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.
Thames Tideway excavation halfway complete
21 February, 2020
Great Britain – London’s new ‘super sewer’ half excavated. The TBMs boring the Thames Tideway project are 12.5km through the 25km-long, 7m-diameter project. As well as the main tunnel, a 1km-long, 3m-diameter connection tunnel is also currently under construction in Wandsworth at the western end of the project.
Breakthrough on Thames Tideway West
31 October, 2019
Great Britain – The first breakthrough on the Thames Tideway project took place last week at King George’s Park in Wandsworth. A 3m diameter Lovat EPBM, Charlotte, is digging the 1.1km Frogmore Connection Tunnel from Wandsworth to Fulham. The breakthrough marked completion of the 500m southern section of the tunnel and the TBM will now be lifted from the shaft, taken back to Dormay Street and placed back into the ground to tunnel 600m north to Fulham.
Morgan Sindall posts record results
04 March, 2019
Great Britain – Morgan Sindall delivered record profits in 2018. The British construction and infrastructure business saw its profitability leap by 23% from GBP 66M (USD 87M) to GBP 81.6M (USD 108M). Revenue was GBP 2.97bn (USD 3.93bn) and the order book stood at GBP 3.6bn (USD 4.76bn).
Hyperloop Challenge taken up in Britain
21 January, 2019
Great Britain – The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) has formed a task force to take on the Hyperloop Challenge. Hyperloop is a rapid transit concept that involves propelling pressurised capsules down reduced-pressure tubes across great distances at enormous speeds. The challenge is to demonstrate a means to reduce the cost of tunnelling by a factor of ten or more, and so make the Hyperloop concept viable.
Thames Tideway connection contract awarded to Barhale
04 October, 2018
Great Britain – Barhale has been awarded a contract to intercept the West Putney Storm Relief CSO and connect it to the main Thames Tideway Tunnel. The GBP 9M (USD 11.7M) contract, which was awarded by Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, will see the construction of a series of underground structures to link the two systems.
Morgan Sindall UNPS re-brands
01 February, 2018
Great Britain - Morgan Sindall’s Underground Professional Services (UnPS) has been renamed Morgan Sindall Engineering Solutions. The change was brought into effect on 1 January 2018.
Mammoet delivers first Tideway TBM
24 January, 2018
Great Britain - Mammoet has delivered the first TBM to the Thames Tideway Tunnel project in Central London. The machine was delivered to the 7km west section of the project. It is now in the hands of the contractor, a JV of Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty.
Breakthrough on the Northern Line Extension
23 November, 2017
Great Britain - The two TBMs mining the Northern Line Extension project in London have broken through. Launched in February 2017, the two 6m-diameter EPBMs bored twin 3.2km tunnels running from Battersea to Kennington, with the second breakthrough taking place on 8 November.
DLZ makes acquisition
31 May, 2017
US - DLZ has announced May 30 the acquisition of WMB Consulting Engineers. Formerly known as Wright, Morgan, and Brown, WMB Consulting Engineers specializes in the planning and design of rural and urban highways, interstates, and bridges. WMB has been serving clients in the Commonwealth of Kentucky since 1957.
Ridham fires up
24 June, 2016
Great Britain – The precast facility at Ridham Dock in Kent has begun work. The factory will supply the Ferrovial Agroman-Laing O’Rourke JV with concrete segments to line the Northern Line extension project. The Morgan Sindall-owned site received a GBP 8M (USD 11.1M) order for the project.
Britain launches segmental lining code of practice
20 April, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – A specification for the design of concrete segmental linings was launched in mid-April. The document, “Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 8810:2016 – Tunnel Design: Design of concrete segmental linings: Code of practice” was produced by the British Standards Institute (BSI) and lead technical author Arup.
Arup-Atkins win Thames Tideway West consultancy
08 January, 2016
GREAT BRITAIN – Atkins and Arup will provide design and engineering services on the west section of the Thames Tideway project. The contractors for this section, BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, will tunnel 6km of 7.2m-diameter tunnel from the Acton Storm Tanks at the extreme west of the scheme, to the start of the central section at Carnwath Road.
Thames Tideway financial backers confirmed
27 August, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – Construction of the new ‘super sewer’ in London will begin next year. Confirmation of finance for the independent investors to finance and deliver the scheme was announced in August.
Lee Tunnel secondary lining complete
03 July, 2015
GREAT BRITAIN – The contractor has completed the secondary lining on the Lee Tunnel project in London, UK. A joint venture of Morgan Sindall, VINCI Construction Grands Projets and Bachy Soletanche, has completed the secondary lining of Thames Water’s 7km sewer tunnel.