Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

Site information

The Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore site is located on the north bank of the River Thames to the west of the Blackfriars Road Bridge. Blackfriars is one of Tideway’s largest sites, and one of a small number located in the heart of central London.

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore

August 2019

At our Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore site, the team have started excavating the 53m deep shaft within the western cofferdam, a structure built out into the river to provide a dry working area. Before excavation could begin, the team installed auger piles around the shaft perimeter to give the area its shape. A concrete capping beam was then installed on top of the piles to secure the top of the piles in place and allow the team to excavate down. 

In the eastern cofferdam, closer to the bridge, the team are preparing to construct a connection culvert, a concrete structure that will connect the fleet sewer overflow to our new shaft. Once constructed in the cofferdam, this will be floated out on the river to connect to the overflow point that sits under Blackfriars Bridge. The team have installed bearing piles that form the structure on which the culvert will be constructed. 


What are our working hours?

Standard Working Hours

08:00 - 18:00 Monday - Friday

08:00 - 13:00 Saturday

Extended Working Hours

We are currently working the following hours in both cofferdams

07:00 - 18:00 Monday - Friday

07:00 - 13:00 Saturday

There is a one hour mobilisation period before and after Standard Working Hours, plus maintenance periods on Saturday 1-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.


If you would like to meet our team to discuss progress and updates, please contact [email protected] 

  • All static machinery and plant is screened or enclosed
  • The excavated material handling area has been enclosed
  • Vehicle movements are strictly limited to set times and coordinated to ensure that no lorries queue outside of the site
  • Footpath diversions are clearly signposted
  • Hoarding has been erected on the site boundaries
  • Wherever possible, push (silent) piling has been used during the construction of Millennium Pier 

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 track 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 City of London as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Blackfriars site. These submissions are available to view on the City of London’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 City of London.

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