This article reports the award of a 171 m contract by London docklands development corporation (lddc) to balfour beatty and fairclough in a joint venture, for the construction of the 1.8 km limehouse link road and tunnel linking the city of London with the docklands. Construction is due to start in November 1989 and be completed in the autumn of 1993. The final design, after tendering extensions, includes developer loading-strengthening for the tunnel allowing 6 storey buildings to be built on the prime riverside sites above. The winning contractors were able to save 7 m by suggesting an alternative to sir alexander gibbs' tunnel design under limehouse basin; this involves filling in about one third of the basin from the North side and excavating 'in the dry'. There are several environmental constraints on the contractors with regard to control of noise and dust, use of piling techniques, traffic management procedures which involve transport of materials by barge. The tunnel is partly sited in permeable woolwich and reading beds and dewatering will be necessary. In addition to the risks of excavating in complex ground, the contractor faces the risk of severe liquidated damages of around 150000 per week for late completion.

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  • Publication Date: 1989-10-12


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  • Pagination: p. 14-5
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 351
    • Issue Number: 5739
    • Publisher: Reed Business Information, Limited
    • ISSN: 0010-7859

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  • Accession Number: 00497876
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1990 12:00AM