Andy Miller, 1945–2015

Embarking on his tunnelling career in the late 60s, Andy worked for Waddingtons on the Victoria Line extension from Stockwell to Brixton. He then joined C V Buchan in 1970, working for the next few years on numerous tunnelling projects around the country – Coventry, Wolverhampton and Bournemouth amongst them. At the time, working in compressed air was the norm as slurry shields and EPBMs hadn't yet been invented.

Andy worked under many notable tunnellers, Malcolm Coates, John Belman, Oliver Bevan, Douglas Parkes and, for a spell at Miller Buckley, for Tommy Talbott. Around 1997/8 he joined Fawcetts (the designer for Wandsworth Council) as ARE on the Falconbrook Relief Sewer.

Moving to Thames Water, Andy worked initially as RE on main drainage tunnel jobs (Effra, Earl, Western Deep and Darenth Valley). When the London Water Ring Main got underway he was in at the start and saw the project through to completion. As TW's representative on site, together with the contractors, he was influential in machine selection and methodology. This saw the introduction on the scheme of Lovat TBMs and developing EPBM technology.

Moving on to Brighton as RE for Hyder/Southern Water on the challenging 6 metre diameter interceptor sewer, Andy was, for the first time in his working life, able to go home at night.

Latterly he worked for Maunsell, initially with Anthony Umney, developing a strong tunnelling division worldwide. Maunsell became AECOM and Andy's skills were in demand around the world. He became a frequent traveller to countless projects, including Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, the USA and India.

Of particular current relevance was Andy's involvement in the feasibility and concept for the Tideway Tunnels Scheme.

Andy was approaching his 70th birthday but he never quite retired, always maintaining his keen interest in all things tunnelling and especially in the people involved. He learned his craft at the tunnel face, not behind a desk and like those who taught him, he became the master craftsman himself.