Case Study



Tyne Tunnel 2

Agent/Clients/Third Parties:
Bouygues / Volker Stevin

Operation Type: Concrete Manufacture 4 x structures Description of Scope: Tyne Tunnel 2 (TT2) / Manufacture 4 x 90m tunnel structures


Services provided:

  • Pre-arrival Planning
  • Marine Support
  • Plant Hire
  • Project Management
  • Quayside Assistant
  • Subcontractor Support & Management

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Shepherd Offshore Comments:

Shepherd Offshore provided facilities and services in support of the historic construction of the Tyne Tunnel. Opening in 1967, the tunnels connect the town of Jarrow on the south bank of the river with North Shields and Wallsend on the northern side. The tunnels are approximately 7 miles (11km) downstream, to the east of Newcastle upon Tyne.

The 2.4 x 90m tunnel structures were manufactured for the construction of the 1.6km tunnel under the Tyne within one of the remaining drydocks at Shepherd Offshore. The job was a landmark project that shows the rich capability and capacity of the region.


"This project won the 2011 top civil engineering award across the UK. It has been described as a demanding, challenging and highly complex project which epitomises excellence in safety, quality, design, innovation and community relations."

Rachel Turnbull, CEO of TT2 Limited, the Project Concessionaire, said "We are absolutely delighted that the New Tyne Crossing has been recognised with this major award. To receive such high level recognition for the engineering aspects of the tunnels is absolutely fantastic, and a credit to all involved."

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