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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.


Chambers Wharf

May 2020

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

We are currently working in the bottom of our 64m deep shaft on the portals, which are openings through which our tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will pass.

We have broken through the shaft's diaphragm wall's to create the sprayed concrete lined (SCL) underground chambers, known as ‘adits’ . The adits will be used as a launch area  for TBM Selina to be assembled and moved into place, for her underground journey to Abbey Mills. underground chambers known as adits.

In February, Chambers Wharf was the first site across the project to complete secondary lining to the shaft. More than 4,000 cubic metres of concrete was poured to create the shaft’s inner lining, which was built using a construction method known as ‘slipform’, a system of concrete formwork that is raised vertically to allow the concrete to be poured in one continuous process. 


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

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








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.

Continuous working will take place within the acoustic enclosure 24-hours per day, Monday to Friday. The doors of the enclosure will be closed for the night from 6pm to 7am, although there may be occasions when they are re-opened in the evening (up to 22:00) for plant movements. 

Certain activities such as barge movements within the river foreshore and those that are dependent on the tide, may take place between 5am and 10pm. 

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.

As a precautionary measure due to the current public health situation,  our Community Liaison Working Group meeting on Monday 30 March is currently postponed.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this might cause, however please get in touch via our 24-hour Helpdesk on 08000 30 80 80 or email [email protected] if you would like to speak to a member of the team.

27 January 2020 - Community Liaison Working Group Minutes

27 January 2020 - Community Liaison Working Group Presentation

27 January 2020 - London Borough of Southwark Section 106 Update

25 November 2019 - Community Liaison Working Group Minutes

25 November 2019- Community Liaison Working Group Presentation

Glossary of Terms

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 to remain over tunnel drive shaft during main tunnel construction

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

  • The contractors 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 take place between 8:30 to 9:15 and 15:00 and 15:45 during school term time and traffic marshalls at Jamaica Road stop construction deliveries during this period

  • Vehicle movements outside of standard hours is restricted

  • Signage 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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