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

October 2019

At Albert Embankment, the team are working across two cofferdam structures that have been built out into the river to allow dry working areas for us to complete our works.

Within our first cofferdam, we are constructing our shaft to connect the combined sewer overflows, which currently discharge raw sewage into the River every time it rains, either side of Vauxhall Bridge to our new tunnel. Once we excavated our shaft to 17m below ground, we paused excavation and began mining across towards our second cofferdam. This 112m horizontal tunnel will connect our shaft to our interception chamber which is being constructed in our second cofferdam. We have now completed the primary excavation of this tunnel using sprayed concrete lining.

To allow us to continue works on the connection tunnel simultaneously to excavating the remainder of our shaft, we have constructed a working platform at the entrance to the tunnel. We are preparing to begin the secondary lining of this tunnel which will be cast in-situ concrete. 

Excavation of the shaft has now resumed, and we will use sprayed concrete as primary lining for the shaft down to 47m below ground.

In our second cofferdam, we are constructing our interception chamber. To outline the shape of this chamber, we installed 147 secant piles, concrete piles drilled into the ground, and are now casting a concrete capping beam around the top of these piles. The capping beam will secure the structure before we begin excavation.

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

Details of our next community liaison working group meeting will be available soon. 

Our most recent drop in session was held in July 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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