King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore

Site Information

The site at King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore (KEMPF) is, like its name suggests, located in a small area along the foreshore of the public park. To ensure that as little public space as possible is used, Tideway extended the site out into the river to provide the additional space required. This meant driving a large number of sheet piles into the riverbed adjacent to the shoreline, and this work took several months.

This structure, known as a cofferdam is now complete and the cofferdam is now being backfilled with sand and earth to provide a strong structure behind which we can begin the process of intercepting the sewage flow that would otherwise end up in the river.

Upcoming works

The next phase of works will be to begin the large drop shaft which will intercept sewage overflows at this site. The shaft itself is very large at around 22m in diameter and will have to deal with large volumes of sewage flow. This shaft will be dug into the new area of land created by the construction of the cofferdam and will connect the existing sewer system to the new tunnel which will run past this site.

August 2019- Construction Update

Preparation for the construction of the shaft is underway.

What are our working hours?

Standard working hours will be 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday with occasional extended working hours to 10pm for activities such as large concrete pours. Vehicle movements would also be restricted to these times

There is no Saturday working and no 24-hour working at this site.

The next Community Liaison Working Group will take place on 10 October, details TBC

17 July 2019 - Community Liaison Working Group minutes

17 July 2019 - Community Liaison Working Group presentation

8 May 2019 - Community Liaison Working Group minutes

8 May 2019 - Community Liaison Working Group presentation 


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 

  • Acoustic barriers will be installed on the temporary foreshore area

  • The playground will be relocated and the sports pitches reconfigured so that they can remain in use throughout construction

  • Vehicle movements outside of standard hours will be restricted

  • Hoarding will be erected on the site boundaries

  • Plant will be electrically powered where practicable

  • Push (silent) piling will be used wherever possible

  • Open mesh fencing will maintain views of the River Thames from the park

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 
We are making a number of submissions to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore site. These submissions are available to view on the London Borough of Tower Hamlets planning portal by searching for 'Thames Tideway Tunnel'. Please click here to be redirected to the portal. If you are interested in commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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