Case Studies

Common Hill Road, West Sussex

To protect the properties from external Flooding using the new Kessel Ecolift XL Duo designed especially for the UK Market . Since 2009 16 ... Read more

Marine Crescent Flooding

Some properties in Goring on Sea, West Sussex were regularly being flooded and something permanent had to be done to alleviate this major and ... Read more

Seven Dials, Brighton

Due to an unacceptable number of road casualties, excessive street clutter and difficulty in cycling through this junction it was decided to ... Read more

Cutty Sark

Taking over 6 years and costing £50 million this was a huge project. Epitomising the great age of sail, this last remaining Tea Clipper is a ... Read more

Headwall Grilles, Rye East Sussex

A bespoke solution was required in Rye to protect two river outlets complete with outlet valves. The area around the valves had to be clear of ... Read more

Olympic Park

When, in July 2005, London was announced as the winner of the Olympic bidding process to host the 2012 Games it started one of the most expensive, ... Read more

Channel Tunnel & Rail Link

The Channel Tunnel runs beneath the English Channel and is 31 miles long, linking Folkestone in Kent with Coquelles near Calais in France via a rail ... Read more

Dartford Bridge

Dartford crossing consisted of two tunnels, one North bound, the other South bound. In 1990 the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge (known more commonly as ... Read more

Faslane Navy Base

Faslane was expanded in the 1980s when the decision was taken by the British Government to develop Trident. Her Majesty’s Naval Base Clyde ... Read more

Channel Tunnel & Rail Link

Project Year: 1992

The Project
The Channel Tunnel runs beneath the English Channel and is 31 miles long, linking Folkestone in Kent with Coquelles near Calais in France via a rail system. It was devised as a joint UK/French venture as a means to carry high speed Eurostar passenger trains and Eurotunnel Shuttle roll-on/roll-off vehicle transport.

Ideas for a tunnel appeared as early as 1802 but construction eventually began in 1988 and the project was completed in 1994 at a cost of £4.7billion. It consisted of two rail tunnels and an all-important service tunnel in between. 

Durey Castings were selected to supply the locking access covers and frames for the service tunnel.

The High Speed Rail Link closely followed to link London with the Channel Tunnel via a new rail network. Durey Castings were again selected to supply the enormous duct runs above the cable housings along this new route.

The Players
Channel Tunnel Group consisted of two banks and five construction companies (the latter group known as Translink Joint Venture). All five construction companies came to Durey Castings individually and as TJV for their access covers.

The high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link construction companies (6 in all – mostly joint ventures between British and French companies) each came to Durey Castings for the recessed duct cover runs that were designed and tested on a state of the art CAD system.

The Products
Locking ductile iron covers & frames and sealed & locking galvanised recessed duct covers, shaped to suit complicated and long runs with corners and angles, were fabricated under the full control of Durey Castings and supplied on time during unsociable hours. Every run fitted the corresponding cable duct perfectly.

The Postscript
The Channel Tunnel and its Rail Link is still considered an incredible feat of engineering. It aids travel, communication and business. All made possible because of products supplied by us. Durey Castings was selected because of their trusted reputation for getting supplies right on-time, every time. We also have a safety record second to none.