Kirtling Street (Nine Elms, Wandsworth)

Kirtling Street (Nine Elms, Wandsworth)

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The Kirtling Street site is on the southern bank of the River Thames and comprises four areas of land as well as an area extending into the Thames.

It will be used to drive the main tunnel to Carnwath Road Riverside in the west and towards Chambers Wharf in the east.

Our TBMs

Following our public competition to name our Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), we announced that our TBMs, to be launched from Kirtling Street in 2018, will be named Millicent and Ursula. Millicent is named after suffragist and political campaigner Dame Millicent Fawcett who lived in Battersea, whilst Ursula is named after Dr Audrey ‘Ursula’ Smith a prominent cryobiologist and doctor who worked at King’s College Hospital.

Acoustic shed 

The acoustic shed is part of our commitment to being a good neighbour as it allows us to keep the noise and dust from our tunnelling work inside the shed, rather than it disturbing residents close by. It allows us to store materials inside the shed at night so that we can keep the number of later deliveries to a minimum. We have installed our gantry cranes inside the shed which will enable us to move materials and machinery into the tunnel, can watch a short video about our cranes here.

Works update

08 October 2018 - Works update 

Work at our Kirtling Street site is progressing well. We have been busy with the installation of the tele-stacker and conveyor belt, in readiness for the start of tunnelling operations later this year.

We are now starting work to assemble a new gantry crane which will be will be erected on the east of the site, south of the new jetty and east of the acoustic shed. This gantry crane will handle the tunnel segments as they are delivered to Kirtling Street by barge for use in constructing the tunnel: More Information

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.
  • 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]

Kirtling Street - Latest news

Going Underground: Tideway’s first tunnelling machines lowered 53 metres into the ground


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Tideway, the company building London’s super sewer, has marked a major milestone with the lowering of its first two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) at its Kirtling Street site near Battersea Power Station. 

> Read on

Tideway's River Times - Central

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

River Times CENTRAL - Autumn 2018 

Kirtling Street - Site Information

What are our working hours?

Standard working hours are 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 8am-12pm 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.

Working hours for sub-surface works (i.e. within the acoustic enclosure) will be 24 hour, 7 days per week.

How are we using 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 Kirtling Street we anticipate an average of four barges will access the site per day, subject to the tides.

An anticipated daily average of 36 heavy goods vehicles will access the site. It is proposed that approximately two-thirds of materials will be moved by river and approximately one-third will be moved by road.

Kirtling Street - How we are minimising disruption

  • There is a noise enclosure over the tunnel drive shaft as we have started works  
  • All static machinery and plant is screened or enclosed
  • Hoarding has been erected on the site boundaries
  • Vehicle movements outside of standard hours are restricted
  • Use of low level directional lighting
  • The excavated material handling area will be enclosed
  • Timber fenders will be installed on the jetty
  • Acoustic barriers will be installed on the jetty

Kirtling Street - Important site documents


Submissions to the Council

We are making a number of submissions to the London Borough of Wandsworth as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Kirtling Street site. These submissions are available to view on the London Borough of Wandsworth's planning portal. Please click here to be redirected to the portal. If you are interested on commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Kirtling Street - Community Liaison Working Groups

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 7 June at at our Kirtling Street office at 18:30pm

16 January 2017 - Community Liaison Working Group minutes

10 May 2017 - Community Liaison Working Group minutes

1 February 2017 - Community Liaison Working Group minutes

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