Engineering the Link was the title of the South East association's recently held prestige lecture. The meeting was held jointly with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers.
Head of Public & Corporate Affairs at Channel Tunnel Rail Link Bernard Gambrill spoke about the progress that had been made in the year since construction of the CTRL started in October 1998.
He explained the complex nature of the project finance and how the first 70km stage of line was buing built through Kent from the Channel Tunnel to north Kent.
Gambrill said: 'We have started the six civil contracts using the Engineering Contract and Conditions option C, Lump Sum contracts and they are working well through an alliancing approach.'
He added that more than 100 bridges were required and more than 70 kilometres of road had to be built. Contracts being evaluated were for the railway material, rail, ballast, sleepers, overhead line equipment and telecommunications and signalling systems. They are to be awarded shortly, said Gambrill.
Section 2 from north Kent into the St. Pancras terminal should start in July next year and the whole line complete in 2007.
Gambrill showed slides of the recent site works and spoke of the extensive environmental work that is being done.
The presentation was well received. The South Eastern's development officer Anne Qualters said: 'If you have not yet heard him talk and have an opportunity to do so, don't miss it!'