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Design for life

NCE continues its countdown to the inaugural International Tunnelling Awards in December with the shortlist for Designer of the Year.


Firm: Atkins
Atkins’ strength is founded on the quality of its 100 dedicated tunnelling specialists, allowing it to plan, design and enable the most technically demanding, and interesting tunnelling projects worldwide: Crossrail, Gautrain Dubai Metro, China’s Regional Express - an unprecedented portfolio. Its commitment to technical career routes and the development of the brightest entrants to the industry seeks to ensure that its capability goes from strength to strength.

Firm: Mott MacDonald
Net revenue from Mott MacDonald’s global tunnelling activities increased by 34% between 2005 and 2009 and has continued to grow through the global economic recession. Its international growth is also reflected in our establishing tunnel design teams in Budapest, Prague, Delhi, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brisbane and Canberra. This demand for its tunnelling expertise has seen Mott MacDonald grow its global tunnelling team by 23% between 2008 and 2010, showing that growth in this area is not just financial.

Firm: Vinci
Vinci’s knowledge of tunnelling techniques and its ability to capture its clients’ vision for a project in conceptual designs sets it apart. On each project, experts review and evaluate the ground conditions and draw on the range of available proven techniques to develop and implement the most suitable and buildable solution. It then works with clients to develop the optimum detailed design. It has a team of experienced and qualified tunnellers who are used to working overseas. They have a proven ability to adapt.

Firm: Parsons Brinckerhoff
During 2009 Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) made substantial design contributions to some of the most complex and technically challenging tunnel projects in the world today. In New York City, where the firm was established 125 years ago, PB is at work on four major tunneling projects, with a total estimated cost of more than £15bn. PB’s tunnelling services range from initial feasibility studies through operations, and the firm is instrumental in advancing new technologies to address the challenges of building tunnels for transportation, water conveyance, power/energy and scientific research.

Firm: Halcrow
Growth and development of Halcrow’s tunnelling business can be measured through staff numbers employed in tunnelling commissions, through fees generated and through the number and diversity of commissions undertaken. The figures speak for themselves. In August 2010 it employed 113 members of staff directly in tunnelling, generated monthly fees of £3.09M and was working on 102 projects. Of these 48% were international projects undertaken from an office remote from the base UK office, up on 38% in January 2009. These figures clearly demonstrate not only a growth in the number or staff projects and fee income but they also represent a globalisation of its tunnelling brand.

Firm: Arup
Arup’s tunnelling division truly came of age over the last two years, picking up major national and international tunnelling projects, such as C122 and the tunnel design and settlement analysis for Crossrail (the largest single design contract on the project). Its growth is exemplified by its work in New York where it is providing key design and management input for the current major tunnelling projects; principally the £10bn Second Avenue Project, the 7 Line Extension, Grand Central caverns and the Trans-Hudson Tunnel. These projects have contributed to a portfolio with a construction value of over £150bn.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Hi,
    Shortlisted company is VINCI Construction Grands Projets, a subsidiary of VINCI.
    Kind regards,

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