Albert Embankment Foreshore

Site information

Work comprises 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 via a pipe constructed 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 new area of foreshore for Londoners to enjoy the river Thames. Following the end of our works, the Thames path will also be reinstated.

Diversion at Albert Embankment

To facilitate our construction at Albert Embankment we have diverted the Thames path at this location. During this time pedestrians are required to use the footpath along the main road rather than the riverside route between Vauxhall Bridge and Tintagel House. The new route is well signposted and clearly marked.

Access to the Foreshore 

Our works require us to stop access to the River Thames foreshore next to Camelford House, known as 'Lack's Dock'. Although access to this area has always been private, there is now a physical barrier in place to prevent access to an active construction site. If you require access to the foreshore, please call us on 08000 30 80 80 for more information.

Albert Embankment Foreshore

In order to create a space big enough to connect the old sewer overflows to the new tunnel, we have been building some new land into the river. We have no completed 'piling' work for the new river wall. Piling is where we use thin, interlocking, metal sheets that we drive into the riverbed, one by one until the perimeter is sealed.

We are now beginning to prepare for the excavation of our shaft, where we will remove the river water and sludge in preparation for refilling it with sand. Before we can start excavating we need to install large concrete piles around the perimeter of the shaft to allow a safe, stable area to excavate, each pile is 26m long. Work to install these piles within cofferdam one is ongoing. We are creating a second cofferdam closer to Vauxhall Bridge.

March 2019 - Pile Breakdown

In mid-March, as part of our landside works in Cofferdam 1, we will begin to reduce the size of the bored piles around the perimeter of our shaft by 1 metre, allowing us to tie them together using a steal and concrete capping beam.

What are our working hours?

Standard working hours are 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 8am-1pm 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.

There will be some 24-hour working during construction of the Clapham/Brixton combined sewer overflow connection tunnel.

If you have any questions on our Albert Embankment Foreshore site, we hold quarterly Community Liaison Working Group (CLWG) meetings and regular drop-in sessions with residents. 

Details of our next CLWG are coming soon. 

Our most recent drop in session was held in March 2019

  • All static machinery and plant is screened or enclosed
  • The excavated material handling area is enclosed
  • Hoarding has been erected on the site boundaries
  • Footpath diversions are clearly signposted 

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]

You can also follow our progress and what we're doing in our local communities on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

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

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