News and Events

Here we share our upcoming events, latest research and news from around the world - if you have any projects or new underground discoveries you would like to share then please let us know!

Farringdon tour

On 6 September 2016 Think Deep UK members and guests undertook a tour of the Crossrail construction site at Frarringdon Station.  This was a privileged opportunity to see the station at an advanced stage of construction but well ahead of public access. After an informative tour led by BFK, the group enjoyed drinks and continued their discussion at a nearby pub hosted by Dr. Sauer & Partners. 

Burying a planning disaster

Like many cities, Rochdale in New York is trying to salvage it's urban fabric from a legacy of 1950s freeway construction. Working with the Every Place Counts Design Challenge, the city is trying to follow the lead of cities like Boston and Seoul (above), to create quality public spaces by relocating roads underground. 

Geothermal power in Reykjavik 

Iceland’s capital is trying to become the world’s first carbon neutral city by 2040. By reducing urban sprawl and encouraging more walking and cycling, the city hopes to build on progress already made in reducing carbon -  with all of Reykjavík’s houses already using geo-thermal heating and hydroelectricity.


Why are the streets always under construction?

With great illustrations by Eiko Ojala, Emily Rueb explores the labyrinth of aging infrastructure beneath New York's busy streets, describing the city as a subterranean layer cake.

Clyde Workshop

Think Deep UK is supporting the International Society of City and Regional Planners and International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association's Committee on Underground Space to host a workshop in Glasgow 23 - 28 October 2016 for integration of above and below ground infrastructure and urban design in the redevelopment of Clyde Waterfront.


Basement Tax

The City of Westminster are introducing a levy to planning applications for residential basement extensions.  Under the emerging policy, applicants will need to pay approximately £8,000 - £30,000 for environmental health officers to monitor construction impacts such as traffic, noise and subsidence.