Shad Thames Pumping Station

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The construction work being undertaken here is being led by Thames Water, and will improve management of storm flows by utilising existing storage in the sewers upstream of the pumping station. The work area includes a section within Shad Thames Pumping Station, as well as the stretch of Maguire Street between Shad Thames and Gainsford Street.

The construction work being undertaken here is being led by Thames Water, and will improve management of storm flows by utilising existing storage in the sewers upstream of the pumping station. The work area includes a section within Shad Thames Pumping Station, as well as the stretch of Maguire Street between Shad Thames and Gainsford Street. 

A new pipeline and manhole chamber have been constructed underneath Maguire Street to connect with the existing Thames Water local sewer network. This new section of pipework will take wastewater from Shad Thames to Beckton Sewage Treatment Works, via Greenwich Pumping Station, instead of discharging wastewater from the Combined Sewer Overflow at Butlers Wharf into the River Thames. This work will dramatically reduce this discharge quantity at the Butlers Wharf CSO from over thirty times a year to approximately four times a year.

The Southwark and Bermondsey storm relief sewer lies beneath Maguire Street, adjacent to Shad Thames Pumping Station. Inside the sewer is an eight foot (8’) penstock which controls the flow of water. This large structure will be replaced before the end of May 2019. A large crane will be used to lift the old penstock out of the sewer and subsequently replace it with the new one. Work can only take place within the penstock chamber at low tide times as the sewer is below river water level.

Shad Thames Pumping Station

  • Refurbishment of the Manager's Building to the rear of the pumping station began in late 2017 and was completed in early 2018. The first floor has been fully screened to maintain the privacy of residents in the adjacent block of flats. The top floor is currently being used by Thames Water as office space for the duration of these works, and this too is screened. Works in Maguire Street began in April 2018 and are expected to be complete by late May 2019, following the replacement of the 8’ penstock as described above.

Maguire Street Road Closure

  • Thames Water worked closely with the London Borough of Southwark, residents and businesses to finalise the Traffic Management Plan to facilitate Maguire Street works. Thames Water continues to work closely with local residents, businesses, and London Borough of Southwark officers and politicians as construction work progresses. Maguire Street will be reopened to traffic by June 2019.
  • Standard working hours are 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday, with a 1 hour mobilisation period before and after these hours. Prior to the completion of the Maguire Street construction work at the end of May 2019, there will be a need for 12 hour working during the week, and the occasional Saturday work. The local community will be informed prior to these additional working periods. 

Thames Water has established a Community Liaison Working Group, with residential and business representation.  The Group meets monthly at Browns, Butlers Wharf, 26 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YG.  If you wish to know more, please email [email protected].

  • Hoardings have been erected on the site boundaries
  • Parking has been relocated to Curlew Street for the duration of the work. Car parking on Maguire Street will be brought back into use as soon as practicable
  • Traffic marshals are employed by the project to manage the flow of traffic at all times on Shad Thames
  • There will be no project related vehicle movements outside of our standard working hours, without prior communication with the local community
  • All static machinery and plant is being screened or enclosed within the hoardings

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

  • If you are interested in finding out more about this site or attending future drop in events please email [email protected].

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