Thames Tideway Tunnel depots & development sites

With a range of uses and designs, the sites and the structures on them form a key part of Londons new urban landscape and public realm

STATUS
Planning
Clients
  • Nine sites incorporating pumping station and other service buildings
  • Located in or adjacent to existing Thames Water operational sites or on one of London's "Safeguarded Wharfs"

  • Primary purpose was to leave functional, durable and attractive structures.

  • Some sites interact with London's impressive Victorian sewage system

  • Protection of a disused, but listed, beam engine house at Greenwich Pumping Station by locating Thames Tideway Tunnel equipment in inside

  • Working closely with English Heritage and local conservation officers to ensure that new works are designed to respect the listed fabric and preservation for future generations

These sites are either located in or adjacent to existing Thames Water operational sites or on one of London's "Safeguarded Wharfs". Safeguarded Wharfs are designated for cargo handling use and the Thames Water sites play an active role in the management of the city's waste water management. Our primary purpose on both groups was to leave functional, durable and attractive structures.

Several of the sites fall in areas where future development is proposed or imminent. For example, Heathwall Pumping Station and Kirtling Street lie in the heart on the Nine Elms Lane regeneration area that includes the re-development of Battersea Power Station. Here we needed to design our structures in such a way that they will not look out of place in the midst of future development proposals.

There are also sites where our work interact with London's impressive Victorian sewage system. At Greenwich Pumping Station we have sought to protect a disused beam engine house which was originally used to house the steam engines driving the pumps. The building is listed and currently falling into disrepair. By locating Thames Tideway Tunnel equipment in there the building will be brought back into use and safeguarded from further dilapidation. We have worked closely with English Heritage and local conservation officers to ensure that the new works are designed to respect the listed fabric and preserve it for future generations.

Tideway

The Thames Tideway Tunnel incorporates 24 highly prominent new surface sites along the route of London's famous River Thames which form the only visible aspect of this visionary and complex engineering entity. Known affectionately as the 'supersewer', the new drainage tunnel running far below Londons pavements. .

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