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Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

Site information

The Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore site is located on the north bank of the River Thames to the west of the Blackfriars Road Bridge. Blackfriars is one of Tideway’s largest sites, and one of a small number located in the heart of central London.

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

May 2020

Following a pause to our works as part of our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have resumed some work at our Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore site. We have introduced several additional precautions so that our team can do this work safely.

In the western section of our cofferdam, a dry working area built into the river, we are constructing a 53m deep shaft which will transport the intercepted sewage overflows to our new tunnel, which is currently being built underneath the River Thames. We have excavated the shaft to 25m, where we have paused excavation as we wait for Ursula, our eastbound tunnel boring machine launched from our Kirtling Street site in Battersea, to pass directly underneath this area. 

In the eastern section of our cofferdam, we have resumed construction of a 3,500 tonne culvert tunnel that will later be floated on the river to connect into the combined sewage outlet (CSO) directly beneath Blackfriars Bridge. Once complete, the culvert will intercept the sewage overflows from the CSO and redirect them towards our shaft. 

All non-essential staff who can work from home are doing so.

If you have any questions about this or our site at Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore please get in touch with our helpdesk on 08000 30 80 80 or [email protected]




What are our working hours?

Standard Working Hours

08:00 - 18:00 Monday - Friday

08:00 - 13:00 Saturday

There is a one hour mobilisation period before and after Standard Working Hours, plus maintenance periods on Saturday 1-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.


If you would like to discuss the works with our team, please contact us at [email protected] or call 08000 30 80 80 

  • All static machinery and plant is screened or enclosed
  • The excavated material handling area has been enclosed
  • Vehicle movements are strictly limited to set times and coordinated to ensure that no lorries queue outside of the site
  • Footpath diversions are clearly signposted
  • Hoarding has been erected on the site boundaries
  • Wherever possible, push (silent) piling has been used during the construction of Millennium Pier 

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 track 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 City of London as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Blackfriars site. These submissions are available to view on the City of London’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 City of London.

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