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Millicent And Ursula Prepare To Go Tunnelling

I went to the Tideway Open Day today to see Millicent and Ursula before they go tunnelling.

Other than the names on the sides, you will notice that Millicent has less teeth on the business end, than her friend.

This is because Millicent will be going West from the site near Battersea Power station and Ursula will be going East.

As the geology is more challenging to the East, Ursula has more teeth.

Some points to note!

  • Millicent was named after Dame Millicent Fawcett.
  • Ursula was named after Audrey ‘Ursula’ Smith.
  • Both machines will have a statue of Saint Barbara, who is the patron saint of miners and tunnellers.
  • These machines are larger than those of Crossrail.
  • A documentary is being made for television about the tunnel.

There’s more on Millicent and Ursula on the Tideway we site.

 

May 13, 2018 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

The Victoria Embankment Work-Site Of The Thames Tideway Tunnel

As I walked along the Thames, signs of works for the Thames Tideway Tunnel are appearing.

These pictures were taken at the Victoria Embankment Work-Site.

There is not much to see at present, but most of it is so the Tattersall Castle can be moved.

When the tunnel is finished, the site will look like this.

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The main purpose of the site, is to connect the Regent Street combined sewer overflow to the main tunnel.

Anybody fancy a coffee, a drink or a meal in the sun by the Thames on top of the sewer outfall in 2021?

January 18, 2017 Posted by | World | , , , | Leave a comment

A Walk Along The River

It was very sunny so I walked along the Thames from Blackfriars station to the Tower.

Note.

  • The works for the Tideway Tunnel.
  • The impressive new Blackfriars Pier for the Thames Clippers.
  • Queenhithe.
  • You walk underneath the City’s waste transfer station at one point.

I couldn’t believe that the weather was that good for December.

At Queenhithe, you have to walk inland as the Thames Path is blocked by development, that was done a couple of decades ago.

I do hope that the new development at Queenhithe will include a bridge across the ancient dock to continue the path.

December 22, 2016 Posted by | World | , , | Leave a comment

Thames Tideway Tunnel Site – Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

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Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore is going to be a major site for the construction and operation of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

This Google Earth image shows the area of the site.

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

Note the pier for the river boats and HMS President in the angle between Blackfriars Bridge and the Victoria Embankment. Compare this image with this visualisation clipped from the Thames Tideway Tunnel web site.

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

The pier for the river boats will obviously be moved downstream and I found the works for this a few days ago and wrote about it here.

The first thing anybody will notice here is the relocation of the pier, which Thames Water say won’t happen until the new one is ready. At the moment the current pier is looking a bit tired, as these pictures show.

The text system for the Next Boat works.

May 14, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Thames Tideway Tunnel Site – Albert Embankment Foreshore

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The Albert Embankment Foreshore site must have given the Secret Intelligence Service kittens, as it is going to be located across the front of their famous building. I also went to a lecture at University College London, which said that in the river at this point, there are prehistoric structures.

Thames Water say this on the Thames Tideway Tunnel web site.

Work will comprise construction of a new area of reclaimed land in the foreshore, in front of Camelford House for a shaft approximately 48 metres deep with an internal diameter of approximately 16 metres. Connection to the existing sewers will be made within a second new area of reclaimed land underneath Vauxhall Bridge and in front of the Vauxhall Cross building. These two areas will be connected under the foreshore. The shaft is required to transfer sewage flows from the combined sewer overflows to the main tunnel.

Once construction is complete there will be new public space extending into the foreshore providing a viewing platform to Central London, benches and intertidal terraces. The Thames Path will be widened to allow pedestrians to be diverted in front of (rather than underneath) Camelford House.

It is certainly a large set of works in the area, which they also say will link the Clapham Storm Relief and Brixton Storm Relief sewers to the new Thames Tideway Tunnel. This is a visualisation of how the completed site will look

Albert Embankment Foreshore

Albert Embankment Foreshore

Joseph Bazalgette would be pleased at the expansion of his Albert Embankment. These are a few pictures I took around Vauxhall Bridge.

There is certainly scope to improve the river in this area.

May 14, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , , | 1 Comment

Thames Tideway Tunnel Site – Victoria Embankment Foreshore

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The Victoria Embankment Foreshore is a site just to the west of Hungerford Railway Bridge on the North Bank of the Thames. The Thames Tideway Tunnel web site says this about the site.

The Victoria Embankment Foreshore site is on the northern bank of the River Thames. It comprises a section of the foreshore and a section of pavement and roadway on Victoria Embankment (A3211).

This is a Google Earth image of the site.

Victoria Embankment Foreshore

Victoria Embankment Foreshore

Note the two ships; the larger Tattersall Castle and the smaller Hispaniola. Moving the Tattersall Castle to a new mooring is going to be one of the first tasks on site.

This image from the Thames Tunnel web site, shows what the completed installation will look like.

Victoria Embankment Foreshore

Victoria Embankment Foreshore

It might look a bit like a Victorian memorial to an important Admiral, but it certainly could be made into an excellent garden with a unique water feature. I took these pictures as I walked over the Jubilee Footbridge on the Hungerford Bridge and then walked along the Embankment.

One of the pictures is of Whitehall Gardens. I’ve included it, as it looks like the finished feature over the works might be modelled on the Victorian gardens.

My only worry with getting the design of this site right, is that they have talked to those designing the Cycle Superhighway through the area.

This is probably one of those sites, where there are few residents to annoy, proving that the traffic isn’t disrupted too much. On the other hand, whilst the site is being worked, it would appear that the footbridge might make a good grandstand.

 

 

May 13, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Thames Tideway Tunnel Site – King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore

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King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore is a site on the river at Wapping just to the East of a prominent Rotherhithe Tunnel Ventilation Shaft and will be on the main Thames Tideway Tunnel. On the Thames Tideway Tunnel web site, this is said.

This site will be used to intercept the existing local combined sewer overflow, known as the North East Storm Relief Combined Sewer Overflow.

This is a Google Earth image of the area.

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore

Note the circular shape of the tunnel ventilator, which is just back from the foreshore in the middle of the park.

This image shows a visualisation of what the finished site could look like.

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore

 

I also took a few photographs, as I walked through

It is rather a quality urban park and given the location and the increase in size, when the works are complete, I suspect that any good managers could make more than a fist of this contract.

 

May 12, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , | 1 Comment

Thames Tideway Tunnel – Greenwich Interconnection Tunnel

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The Greenwich Interconnection Tunnel is a branch tunnel that splits from the Main Thames Tideway Tunnel at Chambers Wharf and goes by way of Earl Pumping Station and Deptford Church Street to Greenwich Pumping Station, from where it will be bored. This map shows the route of the tunnel.

 

Greenwich Interconnection Tunnel

Greenwich Interconnection Tunnel

It would appear that the tunnel is being dug in a single go from Greenwich to the Thames, with most of the route deep under the Greenwich Rail Line.

This Google Earth image shows the rail line between Greenwich and Deptford station.

Deptford To Greenwich Station

Deptford To Greenwich Station

The works on Deptford Church Street are just to the north side of the rail line in part of the green space and those at the Greenwich Pumping Station are to the south of the junction, where the DLR branches south from the rail line.

The next site at Earl Pumping Station is just off the main map at the left.

On the page for the Greenwich Pumping Sration, Thames Water say this.

In our application for development consent this site is used to drive the Greenwich connection tunnel, a long connection tunnel which connects the combined sewer overflows (CSOs) at Greenwich Pumping Station, Deptford Church Street and Earl Pumping Station to the main tunnel at Chambers Wharf.

So it looks like Thames Water are sneaking the tunnel into Chambers Wharf.

I doubt they’ll be much disruption from the actual boring of the Greenwich Interconnection Tunnel, as it’ll all be dug from Greenwich from a site with water access. As the tunnel is being bored towards Chambers Wharf, it would seem likely that the large amount of tunnel spoil created will be loaded on barges at Greenwich and taken away for disposal, with little disruption to anybody. It would appear to be a smaller version of the system Crossrail used on the Limmo Peninsular in East London.

May 12, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , , | 3 Comments

Thames Tideway Tunnel Site – Deptford Church Street

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Deptford Church Street is a site that is being used to help construct the Greenwich Interconnection Tunnel between Greenwich Pumping House and Chambers Wharf. Specifically, it’s purpose is defined on the Thames Tideway Tunnel web site as follows.

It will be used to intercept the Deptford Storm Relief Sewer combined sewer overflow, divert flows into the Greenwich connection tunnel and to the main tunnel.

This Google Earth image shows the area.

Deptford Church Street

Deptford Church Street

The work site at Deptford Church Street are to the north side of the Greenwich Rail Line in part of the green space and this is a visualisation of the area from the Thames Tideway web site.

Deptford Church Street

Deptford Church Street

 

The corner at the bottom left of the green space is tucked between the Greenwich Rail Line and Church Street, which runs across the front of the image.

I also took a few pictures of the area.

I think it is true to say that we’re good at landscape gardening in this country and I can envisage a garden design being produced here, that could enhance the whole area. As the image shows, there will be a few smallish structures in the garden.

 

May 11, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , , | 3 Comments

Thames Tideway Tunnel Site – Greenwich Pumping Station

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Greenwich Pumping Station is an existing Grade II Listed works and is being used to drive the Greenwich Interconnection Tunnel to Chambers Wharf. The Pumping Station lies alongside Deptford Creek, underneath the DLR and the Greenwich Rail Line. This Google Earth image shows the area.

Greenwich Pumping Station

Greenwich Pumping Station

The DLR is the rail line that bends along the Creek and the Pumping Station is to the right. These are some pictures I took of the Pumping Station.

Some were taken from the DLR and they give a good view of the site.

This is another picture that was clipped from the Thames Tideway Tunnel website, which shows how it will look when complete.

Greenwich Pumping Station

Greenwich Pumping Station

The DLR is shown in the foreground and the picture is looking south.

Thames Water say this about the Greenwich Pumping station on the Thames Tideway web site.

Work includes construction of underground structures to connect the CSO to a shaft approximately 46 metres deep with an internal diameter of approximately 17 metres. This shaft will be built within the existing Greenwich Pumping Station compound to the north of the existing pumping station building. The existing Grade II listed East Beam Engine House will be refurbished to house ventilation equipment and electrical and control panels.

Hopefully, this is one of the few sites on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, where some quality visual architecture can be employed. The area between the the Pumping Station, the railways and Deptford Creek could be turned into a leisure area bookended by the Grade II Listed Pumping Station and the Deptford Creek Lift Bridge.

This architectural drawing was clipped from the Thames Tideway Tunnel website.

GreenwichPumping Station Plan

GreenwichPumping Station Plan

To my untrained eye, it looks like the only new construction between the Pumping Station and the railway lines is the shaft that reaches down to the Greenwich Interconnection Tunnel. Will this be flat in the concrete or an odd shape that can’t be used for anything else? But even so there is a lot of space there to create something worthwhile for residents and visitors.

I also can’t believe that the locals will be too inconvenienced during construction. The builders may have problems because of the DLR viaduct, but in London cramped sites are something to which you get used.  The builders have also got good water access for difficult supplies and taking out the tunnel spoil.

I also feel, that there might be some excellent views of the construction from the DLR, as most of the heavy work will take place, like the insertion of the tunnel boring machine, in full view of Lewisham-bound trains.

May 11, 2015 Posted by | World | , , , , | 4 Comments