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A geotechnical tour along the East Leeds Orbital Route

Event organised by ICE

12 September 2023
18:00 - 19:30 BST (GMT+1)
University of Leeds
School of Engineering, Theatre A
Leeds, LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

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East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR) is a new 7km road which connects the existing ring road at the A58 to the A1/M1 link at Thorpe Park in Leeds. The £126M project was funded by Leeds City Council and WYCA, designed by Atkins and built by Balfour Beatty. The route comprises around 1 million tonnes of earthworks and six new integral bridges.

This presentation will take a tour through the project and provide an overview of some of the key design concepts and solutions, taking time to highlight construction challenges encountered along the way.



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John Harrison

John Harrison


Associate Engineering Geologist

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John Harrison

John is a chartered geologist, chartered engineer and RoGEP advisor with 23 years’ experience in the design and delivery of major infrastructure schemes. At Atkins, John is the deputy discipline lead for railway geotechnics and an active member of technical working groups across trackbed and pavements, foundations and retaining walls, earthworks and the assessment and remediation of mining hazards. He is a chartership assessor for the Geological Society and a part of the Industry Advisory Board for the University of Leeds Engineering Geology MSc programme.


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Joanne Topping