Albert Embankment Foreshore

Site information

Work comprises construction of a new area of reclaimed land in the foreshore, in front of Camelford House for a shaft approximately 48 metres deep with an internal diameter of approximately 16 metres. Connection to the existing sewers will be made within a second new area of reclaimed land underneath Vauxhall Bridge and in front of the Vauxhall Cross building.

These two areas will be connected via a pipe constructed under the foreshore. The shaft is required to transfer sewage flows from the combined sewer overflows to the main tunnel.

Once construction is complete there will be new public space extending into the foreshore providing a new area of foreshore for Londoners to enjoy the river Thames. Following the end of our works, the Thames path will also be reinstated.

Diversion at Albert Embankment

To facilitate our construction at Albert Embankment we have diverted the Thames path at this location. During this time pedestrians are required to use the footpath along the main road rather than the riverside route between Vauxhall Bridge and Tintagel House. The new route is well signposted and clearly marked.

Access to the Foreshore 

Our works require us to stop access to the River Thames foreshore next to Camelford House, known as 'Lack's Dock'. Although access to this area has always been private, there is now a physical barrier in place to prevent access to an active construction site. If you require access to the foreshore, please call us on 08000 30 80 80 for more information.

Albert Embankment Foreshore

January 2020

At our Albert Embankment site, we are currently working in two separate cofferdams, dry working areas built out into the river.

In our first cofferdam we have completed excavation of our shaft, which will combine and transport the intercepted sewage at this location to a depth of 48m before connecting into the main tunnel. To construct the shaft, we installed concrete secant piles 17m deep into the ground around the perimeter of the structure before excavating the area within. As we excavated beyond 17m deep, we began lining the shaft with sprayed concrete for the remaining 31m.

We have now poured a 3m thick concrete base slab at the bottom of the shaft to secure the structure.

Once we reached a depth of 17m below ground while excavating our shaft, we began mining across below the river towards our second cofferdam, simultaneous to the ongoing work to dig our shaft. We have completed digging this 112m tunnel, using sprayed concrete to primary line this structure. We have now started casting concrete in-situ which will form the secondary lining of the structure.

The tunnel leads to our interception chamber which is currently being excavated within our second cofferdam and will intercept the sewage from the overflow points at this location and connect them into our shaft, which in turn drops the sewage to a depth that can connect it into the new tunnel.

If you would like to receive works updates via email, please contact [email protected]

What are our working hours?

Standard Working Hours

08:00 - 18:00 Monday - Friday

08:00 - 13:00 Saturday

Extended Working Hours

We currently have extended working hours for piling on the interception chamber, muck away activities and permanent works

08:00 - 22:00 Monday - Friday

08:00 - 18:00 Saturday

We are currently working 24 hours a day from Monday to Thursday as we work within the shaft and connection culvert

We hold regular drop-in sessions for residents close to our Albert Embankment site. The date of our next meeting will be announced soon. 

Our most recent drop in session was held in November 2019.  

  • All static machinery and plant is screened or enclosed
  • The excavated material handling area is enclosed
  • Hoarding has been erected on the site boundaries
  • Footpath diversions are clearly signposted 

There are lots of ways to find out what’s happening at this site, you can:

  • Call our 24 hour Tideway Helpdesk 08000 30 80 80 or email [email protected]
  • Take a moment to read the latest updates on the noticeboards on our hoardings.
  • Email our dedicated Community Relations teams available to answer your questions or meet with you, via [email protected]
  • Join our regular Community Liaison Working Group meetings, to attend the meetings or receive the minutes and presentations from past meetings, email [email protected]

You can also follow our progress and what we're doing in our local communities on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Submissions to the Council 
We are making a number of submissions to the London Borough of Lambeth as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Albert Embankment site. These submissions are available to view on the London Borough of Lambeth’s planning portal. Please click here to be redirected. If you are interested on commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the London Borough of Lambeth.

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