News. The latest news and updates from OTB projects and engineers.

April 27, 2018

There has been much talk in recent years about the need to encourage more women to pursue careers in engineering. And that’s largely because the statistics don’t make for particularly pleasant reading. Surveys taken last year indicate that a mere 11% of the worldwide engineering workforce is female. Here in Europe, the UK holds the lowest percentage of female engineers, with just under 10% accounting for the total engineering workforce in th...

July 6, 2017

Being built by Ferrovial Laing O'Rourke for Transport for London and designed by OTB, the team was recognised for Technical Excellence at last night's Ground Engineering Awards for the project-critical step-plate junctions that connect the new extension into the existing Northern Line at Kennington.

The award was rightly received by and for the entire project team. Phil Astle and Eoin Murphy represented OTB at the event held at the Hilton Par...

December 9, 2016

We are proud to announce that OTB and our projects won the following awards at the New Civil Engineer Tunnelling Awards 2016, held last night:

  • Tunnelling Project of the Year (<£50 million): Farnworth Tunnel

  • UK Tunnelling Team of the Year: Bakerloo Line Link

  • Community Engagement: Crossrail C305 Eastern Running Tunnels

  • Judges' Supreme Award: Crossrail C305 Eastern Running Tunnels

OTB was also involved in two other award-win...

December 8, 2016

OTB is delighted to share that our Senior Engineer Ivanka Brown has passed her professional review to become a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) and a Chartered Engineer. On behalf of everyone at OTB, we would like to congratulate Ivanka on her achievement!

Ivanka joined OTB in September 2015, having worked on major infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas including the detailed design for Doha Metro Major Stations, an...

June 6, 2016

OTB is happy to announce that two of our Engineers, Gabor Kovacs and Naomi Wheeler-Reed, have passed their professional review to become members of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) and Chartered Engineers. We would like to offer our congratulations to both Gabor and Naomi for this achievement!

Naomi has been with OTB since 2008, and has experience in a broad range of assignments; she has worked on multiple Crossrail co...

May 20, 2016

Major improvements to the existing escalators at Paddington Tube Station begin this month, which will allow Costain Skanska JV (Joint Venture) to undertake the important works needed to integrate the new pedestrian link tunnel that will connect the new Crossrail station to the existing Bakerloo Line station. 


OTB's design for this link significantly lessened the impact of the link tunnel works on the existing station. OTB challenge...

April 16, 2016

OTB has been appointed as a Tunnel Designer for the Northern Line Extension, which will connect the new developments at Battersea and Nine Elms into the London Underground network. Tunnelling is due to start in early 2017.


OTB is responsible for the design of all SCL tunnels east of Battersea Station, including the tricky junction to be made to the existing Northern Line at Kennington, capacity enhancement works at Kennington Station, and th...

April 14, 2016

As part of OTB’s ambition to expand its network, and provide additional space for growing the business, OTB opened its new Northern office in Northwich, Cheshire, on the 25th January 2016.


The new premises is located just 10 minutes from the M6, and is in the heart of the North West between Manchester, Liverpool & Chester. This makes it an excellent location for both our present and future clients throughout the area.


The new space provides...

April 12, 2016

OTB would like to congratulate Eoin Murphy on being selected as a finalist for the Harding Prize by the British Tunnelling Society (BTS). Eoin’s submission was a paper titled 'Construction of Farnworth Tunnels'. The award-winning Farnworth project involved enlarging an existing railway tunnel by building a new tunnel over and through the existing tunnel. The significant challenge was to complete these works whilst maintaining an operational...

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