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GE Basements and Underground Structures preview: Better by design

Basements pic   Galliford Try and CGL

Demands placed on maximising underground space for commercial, domestic and infrastructure developments will come under the spotlight at this year’s GE Basements and Underground Structures conference

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The basements industry is one that defied the recession and continued to grow during the downturn and looks set to continue growing at inline, if not better, that the UK’s economic fortunes. Throughout this period of growth clients have increasingly demanded better technical solutions for the procurement, design and delivery on such schemes and this trend also looks set to continue.

The 2016 GE Basements and Underground Structures conference, which is supported by headline sponsor Groundforce, will look at best practice on recently delivered work and look ahead to the demands expected from future schemes in this potential lucrative sector. The event workshop on 5 October (see box) and main conference on 6 October, to be held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London, will look at innovation as well as evaluating the risks presented by the evermore complex coming into the market.

Book your place by Friday 12 August and save 20% off the full delegate rate by quoting code GESUB. To ensure you don’t miss out, call 020 3033 2609, email Ilja.Ryndin@emap.com or go to basements.geplus.co.uk

The main conference will start with a breakfast briefing for VIP delegates looking at both the temporary and permanent works undertaken on basement schemes for two major energy projects.

The keynote address at the start of the session open to all delegates will look at the lessons that can be drawn from work delivered over the last decade and set the scene for the challenges the sector will have to tackle on the next generation of projects.

Case studies on Battersea Power Station and the Northern Line Extension will look at the challenges of delivering large underground spaces on both new developments and within historic structures.

After a review of recent legal cases linked to the basement industry, delegates can choose between two streams. The first will look in detail at work about to be undertaken on Thames Water’s Tideway tunnel, while the other will be a temporary works masterclass led by Groundforce and the Temporary Works Forum.

Following a networking lunch in the exhibition space, delegates can again choose between two streams. The commercial stream will look at basement work for Canary Wharf’s Wood Wharf development and work to mitigate risk on a basement for a new office development in Jersey. The other stream will be a basement design masterclass that will use projects from Crossrail to stimulate discussion on how innovation can minimise risk and reduce cost.

The final session will bring delegates back together to hear further case studies before a panel of contractors looks at the demand, risks and challenges of delivering ever deeper basements in London.

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Headline sponsor

Spie Fondations

Gold sponsor

Geotechnical observations

Silver partner


Observational workshop

Basements pic   Galliford Try and CGL

The main conference will be preceded by an afternoon workshop on 5 October, also at the Olympia Conference Centre, on Developing the Observational Method for Basements.

The workshop will look at current best practice and use recent case studies of projects delivered using the observational method, including Crossrail scheme and the GE Award-winning work by Galliford Try and CGL at 40 Brighton Road (pictured right), to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the approach.

Group discussions and input from younger engineers will explore the barriers and challenges preventing wider use of the approach and the benefits this will deliver for future innovation.


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