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
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].