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The Gallery | Major schemes scoop tunnelling awards

Two Swiss construction companies were recognised for successful management of huge projects at the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2014 in London yesterday.

Nant de Drance SA took home the Major Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $500M) Award for the 900MW Pumped Storage Power Plant.

Judges described it at as a “hugely impressive” winner after the project created tunnels, shafts and caverns in difficult geological conditions.

Basler & Hofmann AG was highly commended in the same category for its Zurich Cross Rail scheme. 

Closer to home, Thames Water, CH2M HILL and MVB scooped the Design Innovation of the Year title for the Lee Tunnel.

This was hailed for its “innovative use of construction techniques” to change the state of stress in the works and reduce reinforcement requirements.

The winner of the Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to $500m) was the Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall JV for the Victoria Station Upgrade – Northern Tunnels.

Judges said the project was extremely challenging and “geometrically difficult”, requiring a number of specialised techniques. 

NCE editor Mark Hansford, presenting the awards, said: “All of you here in this room should give yourselves a round of applause . You really are making an impact on government policy by getting on and delivering.”

Who won the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Awards 2014

Young Tunneller of the Year – Petr Salak from Doctor Sauer & Partners

Environmental Initiative of the Year – the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Directorate of European Side Rail Systems for Save the History

Safety Initiative of the Year – Fhoss Technology for Powered Light Safety Wear

Technical Innovation of the Year – MMC Gamuda for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Underground Works Package

Product or Equipment Innovation of the Year – Kennwert for the BlingCrete Light Reflecting Concrete

Design Innovation of the Year - Thames Water, CH2M HILL & MVB for the Lee Tunnel

Ground Investigation and Monitoring Award – Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction for the Smart Tunnel

Sustainable Use of Underground Space Award – Rotterdam Public Works for the Transforming Station Area in Rotterdam Central

Specialist Tunnelling Project of the Year – Arup for the Billy Bishop City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel in Toronto

Winner of the Rehabilitation Project of the Year - Gall Zeidler Consultants for Liberty Tunnel Rehabilitation Phase 4

Tunnelling Project of the Year (up to $500m) - Taylor Woodrow BAM Nuttall JV for the Victoria Station Upgrade – Northern Tunnels

Major Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $500M) – Nant de Drance SA for the 900 MW Pumped Storage Power Plant

Tunnelling Client of the Year – Rotterdam Public Works

Tunnelling Design Firm of the Year – Basler & Hofmann AG

Tunnelling Contractor of the Year – Implenia

2014 International Tunnelling Award for lifetime achievement – Pierre Duffaut

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