Chambers Wharf

Site information

Our site at Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey is one of our main drive sites, meaning that it will be used to start tunneling works and is one of our busiest and most important locations on the project.

When we started on site we needed to demolish the existing building on site and clear the site before our works could start. To enable our works to take place we also needed to increase the size of the site. To achieve this we built out into the river to create an area of new land in the river foreshore by building a river-wall known as a ‘cofferdam’ out of sheet piles.

Since then, our site teams have been hard at work to build a shaft that will allow us to begin works on the main tunnel. The walls of the shaft have been completed and the Museum of London has now completed their archaeological dig on site to protect any items of historic importance.

Chambers Wharf

Update- 15 March 2019

Shaft excavation is just over 36 metres deep, with activities continuing on panel 15, these include removing and replacing any affected areas of poor quality concrete. There were also some activities to continue installing the de-sanding unit, but these were limited due to high winds reducing how much we could use a crane.

Next week will see similar construction activities, when we will also start constructing the filter press foundations, which requires removing some existing surface concrete as parts of the foundations need to be deeper, including for its acoustic building. Where possible, the concrete will be saw cut to reduce direct breaking.


February 2019- Shaft Excavation 24 hour working

24 hour working is planned to start week commencing 11 February. 

September 2018 - Installation of Acoustic Enclosure

We continue to build an acoustic enclosure above the shaft at our Chambers Wharf site. 

What are our working hours?

Standard working hours are 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 8am-1pm Saturday.  Also, there is a 1 hour mobilisation period before and after the Standard Working Hours, plus maintenance periods on Saturday 1-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.

Certain activities within the river foreshore and those that are dependent on the tide, may take place between 5am and 10pm. These activities may include: barge movements, filling the cofferdam, installing tie rods and relocating filling material.

Extended working hours are required for the main works to allow major concrete pours for shaft construction.

There will be approximately 33 months of 24-hour working. However, during this period activities will be predominantly below ground.

The next Community Liaison Working Group meeting will take place on Monday 4 March, 7-9pm at Wade Hall

11 February 2019 - Community Liaison Working Group meeting notes

11 February 2019 - Community Liaison Working Group presentation

10 December 2018 - Community Liaison Working Group meeting notes

10 December 2018 - Community Liaison Working Group presentation

10 December 2018 - Terms of reference



Previous minutes are available upon request,  please contact the Tideway Helpdesk on 08000 30 80 80 or email [email protected]

  • All static machinery and plant will be screened or enclosed

  • The excavated material handling area will be enclosed

  • Noise enclosure over tunnel drive shaft during main tunnel construction

  • Noise-generating activities will be located as far away from sensitive receptors as possible

  • The contractor will use best endeavours to position offices and storage containers in the site layout to act as noise barriers, with consideration for loss of light on adjacent properties

  • No scheduled lorry movements will take place between 8:30 to 9:15 and 15:00 and 15:45 during school term time and traffic marshalls at Jamaica Rd to stop construction deliveries during this period

  • Vehicle movements outside of standard hours will be restricted

  • Acoustic barriers will be installed on the cofferdam

  • Signage will be provided for pedestrian diversions to clearly identify alternative routes during construction

  • No loading/unloading or movement of vessels at night (22:00 to 8:00)

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.

  • Visit Tideway's Community Information Centre at Chambers Wharf open every Wednesday 2pm – 7pm, our team will be able to answer your questions and talk about the work.

  • 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]. Meeting details will be emailed, published online and on site hoardings.

You can also sign up to receive information updates and newsletters via [email protected].

Submissions to the Council 
Main construction works will be undertaken with the same controls identified in the Development Consent Order and Code of Construction Practice. We will notify residents living near the site in advance of major works taking place, in addition to providing newsletters. We are making a number of submissions to the London Borough of Southwark as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Chambers Wharf site. These submissions are available to view on the London Borough of Southwark's planning portal. Please click here to be redirected. If you are interested in commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the London Borough of Southwark.

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