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Billy Bishop Pedestrian Tunnel wins award

Rebecca Maloney Rebecca Maloney Americas Press Office ,Boston
3 November 2014

Winner of the 2014 Canadian Tunnelling Association Project of the Year Award, Arup’s pedestrian tunnel will improve access to the island airport.

The Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Pedestrian Tunnel, located 40 metres under Lake Ontario, was recently awarded the Canadian Project of the Year Award for 2014 from the Tunnelling Association of Canada. The tunnel will improve access to Toronto’s downtown airport, which is currently only accessible by ferry, and will accommodate the movement of more than 1,000 people per hour.

Arup is the lead engineering designer for the project, responsible for the design of the tunnel and the associated water and sewer mains. We are also providing structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, geotechnical, civil, utilities, acoustic, IT, communications, fire/life safety code, and security consulting.

The Canadian Association Project Awards recognise deserving individuals and projects in the Canadian and worldwide tunnelling sectors. Billy Bishop was selected for the project team’s ability to not only work within a constrained site while keeping the airport fully operational, but also for overcoming the engineering challenges involved in the construction of a watertight 10-metre-wide tunnel, 40 metres below ground.

"As lead designers, we’re thrilled Billy Bishop has been recognised by the Tunnelling Association of Canada and are proud of our involvement in the project. We developed the design to meet the Toronto Port Authority’s aim for a world class facility while working closely with the Forum/PCL/Technicore team to make the tunnel efficient to build and operate."Jon Hurt, project manager and Arup principal

This project builds on and recognises Arup’s involvement with several other innovative tunnel projects in the Greater Toronto Area, including the Hydro One Midtown Tunnel, Kennedy Road Watermain, Weston Road Grade Separation Superpipe, and Hanlan Feedermain Contract 3.