The tunnel boring machine (TBM) that will drive a tunnel for a new gas pipe between the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Battersea Park in London has been named Amanda by Chelsea Pensioners.
The TBM for the new gas pipline will be launched from a 30m deep shaft within the grounds of the hospital and has been named after one of the staff at the hospital Amanda Lord.
The 330m long tunnel is being constructed by Skanska and Barhale for gas distribution network Cadent (formerly part of National Grid) with consultancy input from Mott MacDonald.
Cadent project Manager Andrew Hejdner said: “We’ve had a great relationship with the Royal Hospital and its staff and residents and also with Battersea Park on the other side of the river.
“We thought inviting the Chelsea Pensioners to name the TBM would be a great way to show our appreciation of the local community’s patience and understanding while we carry out this important project.”
The tunnel forms a critical part of Cadent’s £1bn programme to replace ageing gas infrastructure in the capital.
The TBM will be remotely operated and is expected to complete the drive to Battersea next year.