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Technical paper: Pressure relief for the London Millennium bridge

F Yuan, Oxford Geotechnica International (UK) and GK Foulds, Public Works Department, Ministry of Communications and Works, Montserrat (formerly of Sir Robert McAlpine). 

An observational approach was adopted to determine the efficacy of passive wells and the need for active pumped wells for pressure elief at the London Clay/Lambeth Group interface during construction of the deep shafts for the foundations to the piers for the Millennium footbridge across the River Thames. This paper presents and compares initial predictions and hydrological modelling with the piezometric data obtained during and after construction. 

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