Open Day at Kirtling Street

Open Day at Kirtling Street

Tunnel Boring Machine Millicent

Robert West staff and friends recently took advantage of the Thames Tideway Public Open Day to go along and see the Tunnel Boring Machines named Millicent and Ursula which we had seen arriving along the Thames to the temporary marine works jetty at Kirtling Street which was designed and delivered by a BAM/RWC team.

They had the opportunity to view the TBM’s and were amazed by the sheer size of them.  The Thames Tideway Tunnel representatives explained about the scheme overall.  One interesting point to discover was that Milicent and Ursula are slightly different and will be working in different sections of the tunnel to handle different levels of chalk in the clay.  They also found out about how the TBM’s work, what happens if there is an emergency and how for maintenance reasons, compressed air is used to create some additional space in the tunnel.

Next our engineers viewed a 3D film during which you can see inside the TBM and how the concrete pieces forming the tunnel will be put into place - which was fascinating viewing.

They commented “we appreciated going to the top floor of the offices at Kirtling Street to gain a unique view of the TBM and temporary marine works”.

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