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Digging well underway on the first shaft for Thames Tideway



As the Thames Tideway project starts to pick up pace across all three joint ventures, the central section won by Ferrovial / Laing O'Rourke (worth £600-900M) has set up site on Kirtling Street, Battersea where two tunnel boring machines will be lowered into shafts and tunnel simultaneously, east and west towards the other respective joint ventures.

This five year project managed by a consortium of investors have set up a company, Bazellegette Ltd who awarded the three joint venture sections and manage the construction. Ultimately Bazellegette will lease the finished tunnel to Thames Water.

Meanwhile, at Kirlting Street the Laing O’Rourke JV have awarded a sub contract package to a Spanish company, Geocisa who will excavate the main shaft where the tunnel boring machines will launch. The package is well underway and Lynch have a number of machines and operators currently working for Geocisa. The machines include telehandlers, excavators, dumpers and a tipper lorry hauling the material between the site and the muck compound. The use of a tipper is necessary as there is a public road between the areas.

Geocisa have mobilised and brought over some large plant and equipment from Spain to assist with the vertical excavation including a huge vertical shaft drilling machine. Geocisa’s package will run for around eight months and onwards should the Laing O’Rourke JV award further works. Lynch will be working for them for the duration, supplying equipment and inducted operators. Lynch management visited the site recently and spoke with the foreman James Jefferies who was very pleased with the total Lynch service as well as the operators; the works are on schedule and are going very well. Going above and beyond our core fleet Lynch have also supplied Ferrovial / Laing O’Rourke a dust suppression unit as we actively seek further ways in which to collaborate with the client.