Super sewer builder to reclaim Thames land for public spaces

Grant Prior 4 years ago
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New images have been released by Tideway showing three acres of public spaces that will be built on land reclaimed from the River Thames.

Chelsea Embankment
Chelsea Embankment

The seven new sites are a homage to original sewer system designer Sir Joseph Bazalgette who built out onto the river creating the Victoria, Albert and Chelsea Embankments.

Tideway will also building out onto the river, creating seven new landscaped areas which will include sites at Chelsea, Albert, Victoria and Putney Embankments, as well as at Blackfriars Bridge, King Edward Memorial Park and Heathwall Pumping Station.

Parts of the new spaces at Victoria and Chelsea Embankments and at King Edward Memorial Park will be ‘floodable’ at high tides so Londoners can dip their toes in what will be a cleaner River Thames.

Roger Bailey, Tideway’s Chief Technical Officer, said: “When Sir Joseph Bazalgette unveiled his vision for London’s sewer system more than 150 years ago, he changed the look and character of the city with the creation of the Chelsea, Victoria and Albert Embankments.

“Similarly, the construction of London’s new super sewer will create three acres of new public space designed to reconnect the capital’s residents and visitors with the River Thames.

Putney Embankment

“In keeping with Bazalgette’s legacy, the new public spaces will be designed to enhance the environment and provide a lasting legacy. Our ambition is to celebrate the River Thames as the heart of London.”

Tideway’s designers have worked closely with artists at each location to develop a trail of contemporary artwork that explore themes from the River’s history and its significant role in the city’s development.

Tim Heading, Architecture and Landscape Lead, Arup Atkins Joint Venture, said: “A healthy River Thames plays an essential role in the wellbeing and prosperity of London and its people.

Albert Embankment

“The Thames Tideway Tunnel will help transform the river and we are very pleased that the valuable experience, expertise and approach of the combined Arup and Atkins teams is being utilised to promote a positive change in the relationship that Londoners and visitors have with the Thames.”

Work on London’s super sewer is gearing up with tunnelling set to start later this year.

Blackfriars Bridge

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