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Barn Elms

Tideway’s construction work at Barn Elms is now substantially complete.

Among 100 acres of west-London wetland and more than a dozen sports pitches you'll find Tideway's site at Barn Elms

At Barn Elms we have:  

  • Replaced one of the changing room buildings at Barn Elms Sports Centre with new, modern and improved facilities for public use.  

  • Created one of London’s largest bug hotels.

  • Built a connection tunnel that intercepts the West Putney storm relief combined sewer overflow and divert its flows into a 35m deep shaft before joining the main 25km sewer tunnel. 

  • Installed mechanical and electrical equipment to make everything run smoothly. 

Construction work is now complete at this site however you may continue to see some Tideway or Thames Water presence as we work to bring the super sewer into operation. 

Brand New

Barn Elms Sports Centre

As part of the works we have replaced one of the changing room buildings at Barn Elms Sports Centre with new, modern and improved facilities ready for use.

Adam Chodzko

A way from heaven

Titled A Way from Heaven, Adam’s artwork at Barn Elms is based upon the area’s connection to Sir Francis Walsingham – the government administrator responsible for intelligence services in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I – who resided at Barn Elms Manor. It was Walsingham’s spy system that discovered the Babington Plot of 1586 to murder Queen Elizabeth I and her ministers and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. Babington’s encrypted correspondence with Mary was intercepted and decoded by Walsingham’s spies, preventing the plot from being carried out and ultimately leading to the execution of the Queen of Scots.

For A Way from Heaven, Adam selected a portion of the code, which Walsingham deciphered, to be laser cut into the anodised aluminium façade of the building at different scales. Working from a digitised version of the original, the work faithfully recreates the handwritten script of Babington’s code, written with a quill and ink, and enabled the artist to employ artistic licence to create an equally enigmatic message that resembles topographical marks on a map but can be decoded to read ‘A Way from Heaven’.

Is this London's biggest Bug Hotel?