Chambers Wharf (Bermondsey)

Chambers Wharf (Bermondsey)



We are Tideway – Reconnecting London with the River Thames

Tideway is building the Thames Tideway Tunnel. This is a 25km storage and transfer tunnel designed to tackle the problem of sewage overflow into London’s River Thames.

London’s 150-year-old sewage system is regularly operating beyond its capacity. This means millions of tonnes of raw untreated waste spills into the River every year at sites across London. Our project will tackle this problem, providing a cleaner and healthier river for Londoners. You can read more about how we’re delivering this project in your neighbourhood below:  


Our Chambers Wharf site – works so far completed

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.



Upcoming works

In the coming weeks Tideway will be beginning the construction of an acoustic enclosure which will help reduce impacts from our work on the shaft and tunneling. We are also preparing the rest of the site for the arrival of Selina our Tunnel Boring Machine that will arrive on site in early 2019.

You can read more about our latest works below:


Works update

19 November

Last week we started installing lighting within the acoustic enclosure, whilst continuing with its cladding.

More sections of the slurry treatment plant (STP) foundations were concreted.

Jet grouting continues outside of the shaft’s remedial wall panel, to seal off groundwater.

Concrete breaking took place in the central area of site, this was for installing cable routes (ducts) for the STP foundations.

Breaking down blocks in the muck bin also took place, these were previously saw cut and removed for the STP foundations. 


This week, we will start installing the large door, facing the river, on the acoustic enclosure, whilst continuing with its cladding and lighting.

We plan to concrete more sections of the STP foundations.

We have further concrete breaking planned over the next few weeks. Most of the breaking is required as some sections of the slurry treatment plant’s platforms require deeper foundations for their acoustic enclosures. Where possible, the concrete will be saw cut to reduce direct breaking. This work is planned to take place in the central area of site.

Jet grouting will continue. This activity may take place up to 10.00 pm, Monday to Friday.

(19 November), some equipment is scheduled to arrive after 7.00 pm as an abnormal load. There is also an abnormal load delivery planned for next Friday evening (23 November).




Information Sheets

Acoustic Enclosure installation September 2018 



Want to know more or get involved?

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].

Tideway's River Times - East

The latest issue of Tideway's regular community newsletter, produced especially for our neighbours in the east section of the project. 

River Times EAST - Autumn 2018 

Chambers Wharf - Site Information

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.

How will we use the river?

We have committed to using river transport as much as possible to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles on the roads.

At Chambers Wharf we anticipate an average of three barges will access the site per day, subject to the tides.

An anticipated daily average of 20 heavy goods vehicles will access the site. This will rise to approximately 55 heavy goods vehicles per day over an estimated three-month period during tunneling. However, we continue to look at more ways to use the river and reduce vehicle movement even further.

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Chambers Wharf - How we will minimise disruption

  • 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)

Chambers Wharf - Important site documents


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.