Tunnelling in the UK: The old and the new, Coalville

3 October, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:30

See the evolution of tunnelling in the UK
See the evolution of tunnelling in the UK

About this event

The challenges of the UK tunnelling industry range from the management of our aging infrastructure to the successful delivery of new major multidisciplinary tunnelling projects. This presentation will discuss how tunnelling has evolved over the years and the lessons that have been learnt along the way.

The Great Western Railway Modernisation will reveal the technical challenges associated with upgrading Victorian rail infrastructure, such as Brunel's 3km Box Tunnel, and the modern methods used to overcome these. Further examples will highlight the opportunities for redeveloping existing underground structures and the complex nature of carrying out construction works in the vicinity of existing tunnels.

Event materials

The following materials are available for download:


Mark Round

Mark is a Technical Director in AECOM's Tunnelling & Underground Structures Team and is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years' experience of tunnelling and underground civil engineering projects. Mark has, and continues to play, significant roles in leading, understanding and delivering tunnelled design solutions for private sector and Government clients within the UK and abroad. He is also an elected member of the British Tunnelling Society Committee.

Harry Brunton

Harry joined AECOM's Tunnelling & Underground Structures Team in 2014 since when he has gained a wide variety of tunnelling experience and has progressed to his current role as a Senior Assistant Engineer. His project experience includes Crossrail, the Great Western Railway Modernisation, and various Network Rail Asset Protection Schemes. Harry is part of the BTS Young Member's committee and has recently been shortlisted as a finalist for the NCE's Young Tunneller of the Year Award 2017.