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Crossrail Station nears finish

Two years on from the start of Crossrail’s construction, Canary Wharf Station, one of the largest along the Crossrail route, is the first to near structural completion below ground. Read more

Niagara TBM breakthrough photos

The first photos have been sent in from the May 13th completion of the world’s largest hard rock TBM drive at Canada’s 10.1km long Niagara Tunnel Project. A well-attended ceremony celebrated the final breakthrough of the 14.4m diameter Robbins Main Beam, following advance into a 300m long grout tunnel on March 1. Read more

Kier/Kaden/Laing O’Rourke wins new MTR Admiralty Station

Kier Construction, in joint venture with Laing O’Rourke and Kaden Construction, has today been awarded a US$308M contract by Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation for the construction of the new Admiralty Integrated Station in Hong Kong. Under this four-year contract, the existing Admiralty Station will be significantly extended to provide interchange facilities between the existing Tsuen Wan Line, the new South Island Line (East) and the proposed Shatin to Central Link. In addition to the four new platforms to be constructed below and adjacent to the existing station, the works include an interchange concourse, relocation of existing passenger entrances and external landscaping.
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Leighton awarded SIL (E) contracts

Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has appointed Leighton Asia to deliver two major contracts for the construction of the South Island Line (East) rail project worth a total of approximately US$583M. One of the contracts is awarded to a joint venture between Leighton Asia and John Holland Pty Limited, which expects revenues of approximately US$107M from its share. Read more

Green light for MTR SIL (East) and KTE

Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation has announced that it has entered into Project Agreements with the HKSAR Government for the design, construction, operation and the financing of the South Island Line (East) (SIL(E)) and Kwun Tong Line Extension (KTE) Projects respectively. “The signing of the Project Agreements signifies a key milestone for the two railway projects. Construction works will commence immediately with a view to extending our railway service to the southern part of Hong Kong Island as well as Ho Man Tin, Hung Hom in Kowloon in 2015,” said Mr C K Chow, the Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation. Read more

New Crossrail Chief Executive announced

Crossrail has announced that Andrew Wolstenholme has been appointed as Crossrail’s new Chief Executive, succeeding Rob Holden, who is stepping down in mid-July. Wolstenholme, currently Director of Innovation and Strategic Capability with Balfour Beatty, will take up his new role in September 2011. Read more

Crossrail Academy to open in September with TBM and SCL training facilities

Crossrail has completed the structural building work on the UK Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA). Crossrail and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have invested up to US$20M in the Academy, which will train at least 3,500 people to work on Crossrail. The Academy, which will open in September this year, will include a simulated TBM environment, a SCL training facility, workshop space and teaching rooms. Read more

Herrenknecht scoops six Crossrail EPBMs for C300 and C305

Crossrail today announced that six of the TBMs required to deliver the new rail tunnels will be manufactured by Herrenknecht AG, Germany.  Herrenknecht AG will deliver two TBMs to Royal Oak Portal for the western running tunnels in early 2012 prior to launch in Spring 2012, two more TBMs to Limmo Peninsula for the eastern running tunnels in mid 2012 and a further two machines to Stepney Green later in 2012. Read more

Aker Wirth scoops Koralm double order

TBM supplier Aker Wirth has signed a deal with contractor STRABAG for the supply of two 9.93m diameter telescopic shield machines, to be used from October 2012 on the 20km long, US$788M lot KAT 2 of Austria’s 32.5km long Koralm Tunnel. Read more

Lee tunnel TBM gears up

The Herrenknecht TBM that will be used by the Morgan Sindall/VINCI Construction Grands Projets/Bachy Soletanche (MVB) JV to bore the 6.4km long Lee sewer tunnel under east London has been switched on for the first time during a handing-over ceremony in Germany. Read more

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