King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore (Wapping)

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore (Wapping)

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This site is made up of the foreshore of the tidal Thames River next to King Edward Memorial Park and an area in the south of the park, including hard-surfaced sections of the Thames Path, an area of green space and part of multi-purpose sports pitches to the west.

This site will be used to intercept the existing local combined sewer overflow, known as the North East Storm Relief Combined Sewer Overflow.

Work on the cofferdam:

KEMPF cofferdam

Works update

June-Works update

22 June 2018

To enable us to install the line of sheet piles in front of existing sewer outlet, mentioned within our February information sheet, we need to first remove one existing sheet pile.

This will be done by vibrating the sheet pile to loosen and remove it from the ground. We anticipate it taking approximately one hour to remove.

This activity will take place sometime next week, between Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 June.  

Water Pipe Installation

A new water connection is required to supply the large flow rate required for our construction work. Installation will begin mid- June and will take approximately 6 weeks to complete.

A track way will be laid to minimise the impact on the grass during the work and all footpaths will be reinstated on completion. Footpaths along the route will be temporarily diverted for short periods and temporary signage will be in place.

The pipework will be laid in sections, within a trench through the park, adhering to Thames Water specifications (see attached map). It will connect to the existing Thames Water network via a water main situated in The Highway. The work will be inspected by a Water Regulation Officer before being backfilled and compacted using the excavated material.

Whilst most of the pipework will be underground, two 90mm diameter black pipes will be exposed for approximately a metre (close to the park perimeter wall) and fixed to the wall to enable a connection with the water main on The Highway. This minimises the requirement for deep excavations which would further impact the brick wall and concrete stairs near the boundary of the park. This visible pipework will be removed when the pipe is decommissioned at completion of the project.

Several mature shrubs and turf will be removed and will be reinstated where possible. The route has been agreed in consultation with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Biodiversity Officer to avoid mature trees, tree roots and other vegetation wherever possible.

The route map for this work can be seen here 

Our information sheet regarding cofferdam remedial works can be found here  

Want to know more or get involved?

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.
  • Visit Tideway's Community Information Centre at Chambers Wharf open every Wednesday 2pm – 7pm, our team will be able to answer your questions and talk about the work.
  • 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]. Meeting details will be emailed, published online and on site hoardings.

You can also sign up to receive information updates and newsletters via [email protected].

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore - Latest News

Below is some information following the artist event which was held in December: 

An informal drop was held on the 12 December where local residents had the opportunity to talk to the artist Hew Locke, who will be delivering the permanent artwork.

It was suggested at the event that the community could add further to the richness of the artworks with local heritage references, stories or images that Hew might consider incorporating into the sculptures.

Hew is requesting that any members of the local community who can contribute some short or longer text, information or suggestions for research be sent to [email protected] by the end of January. Hew will not be able to incorporate all ideas but is keen to ensure that the history valued by the community is identified and considered.

You can see some information on one of Hew’s previous works at the following link:



Tideway's River Times - East

The latest issue of Tideway's regular community newsletter, produced especially for our neighbours in the east section of the project.

Tideway's River Times - East 

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore - Site Information

What are our working hours?

Standard working hours will be 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday with occasional extended working hours to 10pm for activities such as large concrete pours. Vehicle movements would also be restricted to these times

There is no Saturday working and no 24-hour working at this site

How will we use the river?

We have committed to using river transport as much as possible to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles on the roads.

For King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore we anticipate that an average of two barges per day, subject to the tides, will access the site.

An anticipated daily average of 41 heavy goods vehicles will access the site during the two months of greatest activity, which is during the first year of construction.

King Edward Memorial Park - How we will minimise disruption

  • All static machinery and plant will be screened or enclosed 
  • Acoustic barriers will be installed on the temporary foreshore area
  • The playground will be relocated and the sports pitches reconfigured so that they can remain in use throughout construction
  • Vehicle movements outside of standard hours will be restricted
  • Hoarding will be erected on the site boundaries
  • Plant will be electrically powered where practicable
  • Push (silent) piling will be used wherever possible
  • Open mesh fencing will maintain views of the River Thames from the park

King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore - Site documents


Submissions to the Council

We are making a number of submissions to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the King Edward Memorial Park Foreshore site. These submissions are available to view on the London Borough of Tower Hamlets planning portal by searching for 'Thames Tideway Tunnel'. Please click here to be redirected to the portal. If you are interested in commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

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