Mohammed’s paper was on ‘deep pile foundation Interceptions in tunnelling at Bank Station’ and will be published, as well as a longer interview with the winner, in a subsequent issue of Tunnels and Tunnelling International.

The two runners up were Jennifer Henderson of TfL and Mohamed Fahed of Mott MacDonald. Henderson’s paper was ‘Getting on the right track: Early stage design in subsurface transport infrastructure’ and Fahed’s paper was ‘Investigation into the splitting strength of steel fibre reinforced segmental lining’.

The Harding Prize, which is named after the founding Chairman of the Society, Sir Harold Harding, is awarded annually or biannually to the winner of a competition to prepare and present a paper of interest to the tunnelling industry. The competition is open to all under the age of 33.

It was observed by several attendees on the night that the finalists faced more robust questioning than in past years and should be applauded.