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Civil engineering firm Barhale has completed the first shaft secondary lining in the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Image: Tideway
Image: Tideway
Barhale completes Tideway shaft work

Civil engineering firm Barhale has completed the first shaft secondary lining in the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, which means internal shaft work can begin. The Ferrovial Construction and Laing O’Rourke (FLO) joint venture is main contractor for the 12.7km central section of the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel.

ECOncrete. Image: JLD
Image: JLD
Eco-friendly concrete used to create tidal pools

Eco-friendly concrete is being used in a pilot project designed to protect the port of San Diego in the USA from coastal flooding at the same time as creating a launch pad for sustainable aquaculture. ECOncrete will install 72 interlocking tidal pool armour units as part of a three-year project.

Building Equality flag. Image: JLD
Image: JLD
Campaign to support LGBTQ+ allyship launches

A new campaign to support allyship of the LGBTQ+ community within construction has been launched by Building Equality. The organisation has created a toolbox talk aimed at empowering colleagues across the industry to become active allies.

Krystal Hutchinson, BAM Construction
BAM female apprenticeships jump

Krystal Hutchinson is an apprentice at BAM Construction, where nearly a third of all apprentices enrolled on the firm’s Level 4 apprenticeship programme are female. The proportion of women undertaking Level 4 apprenticeships, which cover construction management, site supervisors, quantity surveying and civil engineering, has risen from 20% to nearly 30% in four years.

Morgan Sindall constructing a tunnel at Werrington on the East Coast Main Line near Peterborough.
Morgan Sindall pushes 11,000t concrete box under rail line

Morgan Sindall has pushed an 11,000 tonne curved concrete box into place under the East Coast Main Line near Peterborough. The tunnel at Werrington, which will enable slower-moving freight trains to pass underneath the passenger route and use an adjacent line northwards, was installed over nine days.

Cornish geothermal rum distillery into which Buro Happold is conducting a study for the Cornish Geothermal Distillery Company. Image: Grimshaw Architects

Image: Grimshaw Architects
Buro Happold plans Cornish geothermal rum distillery

Consultancy Buro Happold is leading a study into the use of high-temperature geothermal heat pumps that it hopes will provide low-carbon heat for maturing rum at a distillery in Cornwall. The Cornish Geothermal Distillery Company (CGDC) has won funding from the UK government’s Green Distilleries Competition for the study.

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