2018 Programme

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London
6 December 2018




Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London

Attend the Tunnelling Festival to learn, exchange and be inspired, with interactive features throughout the day, including: Keynote talks and discussions, fringe cafés, awards live judging, graduate challenge, exhibition, gala dinner, evening entertainment and more.





08:30 – 09:00

Registration and refreshments

09:00 – 09:10


Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer

09:10 – 09:50

Keynote talk, followed by Q&A

Securing the future of tunnelling: skills, innovation and infrastructure

09:50 – 10:30

Discussion: Evaluating the pipeline of opportunity

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments and networking

11:00 – 11:30

HS2 – addressing final design challenges to delivering the next high speed project

11:00 – 12:00 Fringe cafe (pre-registration only)

Choose from the following café topics:

What are the blockers to…

  • Successful supply chain partnerships?
  • A consistent and shared approach to health and safety?
  • Effectively managing risk?

11:00 – 13:00 and

14:00 – 15:00 Tunnelling Awards: Live judging hubs

  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Initiative of the Year
  • Tunnelling Project of the Year (over $150m) **REFRESHED FOR 2018**
  • Tunnelling Team of the Year **REFRESHED FOR 2018**
  • Innovation in Design & Delivery Award **NEW**

11:30 – 12:00

Woodsmith Mine – developing a site in sympathy with the local geology and environment





12:00 – 12:30

Bank Station Capacity Upgrade Project: Constructing the £607m station capacity upgrade, one of London Underground’s biggest tube upgrades

Applied learnings from the nuclear industry’s advances in technology


12:30 – 13:00

Lower Thames Crossing - delivering essential infrastructure to support economic growth and ease congestion

Future Fit: how can the industry attract and retain skilled new tunnelling professionals?


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch and networking

14:00 – 14:30

Tideway: Turning the tide on sewage

Working towards a consistent approach to health and safety



14:30 – 15:00

Tunnel Vision - what do users want?

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshments and networking

 15:30 – 16:30

Tunnelling around the world: shining a spotlight on the most challenging and innovative projects from across the globe

16:30 – 16:45



Close of main festival stage

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