Dutch team wins International Tunnelling Award

Dutch team wins International Tunnelling Award

Strukton Civiel was proclaimed one of the winners of this year’s International Tunnelling Awards in recognition of its ‘Metrostation CS’ project – part of Amsterdam’s new North-South Line. This was announced on 26 November during a festive ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The ‘Metrostation CS’ project received an award in the category Specialist Tunnelling Project of the Year. The award was jointly accepted by Strukton Civiel, its joint venture partner Van Oord and the project client Dienst Metro Noord/Zuidlijn.

The jury was particularly impressed by the sheer scale of the project, as well as the variety of innovative solutions developed in the area of jet grouting and micro-tunnelling.

Director of the Noord/Zuidlijn programme Peter Dijk: ‘We wish to congratulate Strukton with its receipt of this Award. Building a tunnel under the Netherlands’ busiest waterway and under a monumental building like Amsterdam’s bustling Central Station is a truly impressive feat. Combined with our successful tunnelling in the soft saturated soil of Amsterdam’s historic centre make the new North-South Line a prime example of Dutch ingenuity in underground tunnelling.’

‘We are very proud of our nomination in four categories of the International Tunnelling Awards for our ‘Metrostation CS’ project – part of Amsterdam’s North-South Line’, said Strukton Civiel’s Director Jos Hegeman. ‘This project is of vital importance to the city of Amsterdam and the mobility of its population. Due to its complexity, it initially seemed a kind of ‘mission impossible’. We were only able to realise the station by developing new techniques, which have proven applicable in a variety of situations. But above all, it was thanks to the members of our team – both client, contractor and engineers – and their passion, courage and spirit of enterprise that we were able to make the impossible possible. We view this award as a recognition of the efforts of those people who have really put their heart into this magnificent project.’

The International Tunnelling Awards have been set up to recognise operational excellence in the field of underground construction, a highly complex field in which factors like client empathy, budget, planning, geological conditions and project size often create formidable challenges. Entries for this year’s International Tunnelling Awards came from both Europe and the US. The winners were announced on 26 November 2013 in London.
The International Tunnelling Awards is an initiative of the trade publications New Civil Engineer and Ground Engineering and is endorsed by the International Tunnelling & Underground Space Association.

The ‘Metrostation CS’ project
Deep below Amsterdam’s monumental Central Station, the Strukton/Van Oord consortium has constructed a new section of the North-South Line, as well as the accompanying underground station. The North-South Line will connect the city’s historic centre with districts in North and South Amsterdam. The project was commissioned by the Municipality of Amsterdam.

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