Freyssinet’s experience has been key
Freyssinet’s experience of carrying out repairs after a similar fire in 1996 was central to the team’s ability to respond and mobilise rapidly and to understand the challenges of the task ahead. They could predict the type of damage that would need addressing, and the access and logistical challenges that they would face, without even visiting the tunnel.
Building on this knowledge, Freyssinet proposed a programme of works by a consortium that could complete all the repairs within a single contract, rather than a series of follow-on contracts that carried the risk of further delays. A price estimate was compiled within a matter of days, and a schedule of just four months was proposed to carry out the repairs and fully reopen the tunnel by 12th February as required. Eurotunnel signed a contract with Freyssinet to manage the full programme of works little more than a month after the fire had taken place.