King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore (Wapping)

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore (Wapping)

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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:  


King Edward Memorial Park: Works completed so far

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.


Works update

October 2018

Our latest information sheet with an update of construction works can be found here 


August 2018

We have finished installing the sheet piles in front of the existing sewer outlet, adjacent to our cofferdam.

Soon, we will begin installing a reinforced concrete slab for a hardstanding work surface above the existing sewer outlet and the new line of sheet piles.

Activities to form the slab will include installing reinforcement steel cages and temporary walls (shuttering) before concreting the structure.

These works will take place at low tide and may include working within tidal related extended working hours; from 05:00 to and up 22:00, Monday to Friday.


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].

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore - Latest News

Below is some information following the artist event which was held in December: 

An informal drop was held on the 12 December where local residents had the opportunity to talk to the artist Hew Locke, who will be delivering the permanent artwork.

It was suggested at the event that the community could add further to the richness of the artworks with local heritage references, stories or images that Hew might consider incorporating into the sculptures.

Hew is requesting that any members of the local community who can contribute some short or longer text, information or suggestions for research be sent to [email protected] by the end of January. Hew will not be able to incorporate all ideas but is keen to ensure that the history valued by the community is identified and considered.

You can see some information on one of Hew’s previous works at the following link:



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 

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore - Site Information

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

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.

For King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore we anticipate that an average of two barges per day, subject to the tides, will access the site.

An anticipated daily average of 41 heavy goods vehicles will access the site during the two months of greatest activity, which is during the first year of construction.

King Edward Memorial Park - How we will minimise disruption

  • 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

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore - Site documents


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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