One of the largest temporary structures on the super sewer project has now been dismantled at Tideway’s Kirtling Street site in Battersea.
The giant ‘acoustic shed’ – built to contain noise and dust to allow for 24-hour tunnelling – has now served its purpose and is gone.
It was erected in 2017 to cover the 30m-wide, 40m-deep shaft used to launch Tideway’s first two tunnel boring machines.
The shed was 21 metres high, with a footprint around half the size of St Paul’s Cathedral in the City of London.
Two cranes operated inside the structure around the clock while Tideway’s tunnelling work was underway.
These cranes completed more than 100,000 safe lifts during their five years of operation, lifting more than 56,000 tunnel segments 40 metres into the tunnel below.
Now the shed is being repurposed at Laing O’Rourke’s Explore business at its Centre of Excellence for Modern Construction – Europe's largest and most advanced pre-assembly manufacturing facility.