Main conference

Victoria Park Plaza | 2 - 3 October 2018

Main conference


Basements breakfast briefing (Plus delegates only)
Contractor’s view – assessing the outlook for contractors working in underground spaces and pinpointing what techniques and skills will be in demand 2017-22

  • Alastair Dewar, senior geotechnical engineer, Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Christopher Fesq, deputy technical manager, Bouygues Travaux Publics

Registration and refreshments


Opening comments from the chair

​David Beadman, director, Byrne Looby


Keynote Address 

Assessing the scope for innovation and development in the design and delivery of future underground structures 

Drawing together insight from UK and Global projects to establish the landscape for innovation in design and use of underground spaces and the challenge framework facing many cities in the planning of maximise the space available

Christian Bocci, senior partner, Weston Williamson + Partners


Geotechnical Keynote

The landscape and challenges facing future underground spaces 

Evaluating the advancement in geotechnical design and techniques used in recent underground projects and pinpointing how this could influence the next generation of schemes

Rob Talby, project director, Mott MacDonald 


Question and answer panel

The future of underground spaces and what that means for industry ​


Project in focus

Considering the logistical and construction challenges of building the airside Kilo Taxilane, Heathrow

Stephen Lunn, senior project manager, KILO Apron development programme, Heathrow
Simon Newland, 
senior project manager, KILO Apron development programme, Heathrow


Question and answer session


Networking refreshment break

Exhibitor competition – make sure you speak to all the exhibitors during the breaks to be in with a chance to win free tickets to the 2018 event and a bottle of champagne.

Delegates pick between breakout A or B

Breakout A – Commercial projects in focus Breakout B – Digital engineering masterclass in association with Groundforce Shorco​

Rapid fire project talks Projects include:

Shell Centre – upgrading the existing basements to meet the requirements of the new structure   
Prince of Wales Drive, Battersea – promoting innovation in retaining wall design and construction 

  • Laurent Olivier, project manager, structural, Canary Wharf Contractors
  • Joe Slattery, principal engineer, CGL
  • Peyrouz Modarres, director, Walsh



Chair: Stuart Vaughan, director, Wentworth House Partnership

Case study – 1 Bank Street Canary Wharf
Pierce McCready, quality manager, Byrne Bros
Ajay Nagah, major project manager, Groundforce Shorco
Exploring developments in digital engineering and virtual basement construction
Cormac Rooney, director, M J Rooney

Question and answer panel

Contrasting the projects to pinpoint best practice for how industry should deliver future basements



Working Groups

Attendees will discuss in tables the  applications and benefits of digital  engineering basements with  different tables focusing on topic.


Networking lunch

Exhibitor competition – make sure you speak to all the exhibitors during the breaks to be in with a chance to win free tickets to the 2018 event and a bottle of champagne.

Delegates pick between breakout A or B

Breakout A – Infrastructure in focus Breakout B – Basements construction masterclass

Operation and maintenance as  influencers in London Underground  station design

Jennifer Henderson, tunnel and project engineer, TfL


Pitfalls in basement projects- a  geotechnical perspective

Seamus Lefroy-Brooks, principal, LBH  Wembley


Kirtling St Shaft – evaluating the  design vs the actual construction  of  the Tideway TBM shaft

Ponciano Perez Lupi, project manager, Tideway Central, Ferrovial Agroman


Evaluating best practice in top-down  construction and why it is becoming the method of choice for  industry


15:00 Question and answer session 14:40

Roundtable discussion

What techniques will engineers be  using on future projects?

Will projects continue to become more  challenging to deliver?


Feedback and debate


Afternoon refreshment break

Exhibitor competition - make sure you speak to all the exhibitors during the breaks to be in with a chance to win free tickets to the 2018 event and a bottle of champagne.


Mega project in focus
Edwardian Hotel, Leicester Square – designing and excavating the deepest ever commercial basement in central London

Exploring the installation of the 42m deep secant pile wall for 30m four story basement, managing site logistics with a constant stream of excavated material and utilising 14 temporary props per level and close monitoring the project to mitigate risks.

Adam Pickles, senior geotechnical engineer, Arup


Mega project in focus

Nine Elms station box – utilising digitally enhanced designs and construction methodology to construct the new LUL station 
Excavating the 24m, three storey underground space in preparation for the arrival of the TBM, maximising the use of prefabricated components and top-down construction techniques and assessing the impact of digital engineering
Channari Penh, project engineer- Nine Elms, Laing O'Rourke


Question and answer session


Future Leaders Panel

What challenges and opportunities do you see for the design and construction of future underground spaces?

  • How is technology changing the capabilities of engineers and contractors?
  • To what extent can we continue to dig deeper and more frequently in urban centres such as London?
  • What should industry be doing to attract the next generation to work in the sector?

Olivia Perkins, sub agent, Kier
Frank O'Leary,
geotechnical engineer, Arup 
Jennifer Henderson,
tunnel and project engineer, TfL


Closing remarks from chair and end of conference


Drinks reception


Basements Roundtable in association with Mabey Group (Invite only)

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