The worksite has a number of constraints linked to its location: the Palais des Festivals convention centre, high-end hotels and luxury stores that line the boulevard mean that our work programmes have to work around the events for which Cannes is famous, including the MIPIM, MIPTV, MIDEM trade shows, the Ninja Warrior TV series and, of course, the prestigious film festival.
There are also plenty of geotechnical constraints, from hard and abrasive pink gneiss to sludgy clay, clayey sand, sandstone pelite and dolomitic limestone! We will also pass under three stormwater chanels, directly adjacent to an underground car park and the ferry terminal and beneath the famous Quai Saint Pierre.
Preparatory work began last October. The red carpet was rolled out for the Belle Otero during its christening, which took place in the presence of the Mayor of Cannes David Lisnard on February 10th. This first micro tunnel boring machine is due to turn the wheel for the first time early April. The second machine, named “Eleanore”, meanwhile, is set to begin digging early May. The micro-tunnelling works should be completed in October and the shaft equipment and site rehabilitation work should be finished by the end of January next year.