Kirtling Street (Nine Elms, Wandsworth)

Kirtling Street (Nine Elms, Wandsworth)

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This site is on the southern bank of the River Thames and comprises four areas of land as well as an area extending into the Thames.

It will be used to drive the main tunnel to Carnwath Road Riverside in the west and towards Chambers Wharf in the east.

Our TBMs

We recently announced the results of our public competition to name our Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) that will be launched at Kirtling Street in early 2018. Following our public vote, our TBMs will be named Millicent and Ursula. Millicent is named after suffragist and political campaigner Dame Millicent Fawcett who lived in Battersea, whilst Ursula is named after Dr Audrey ‘Ursula’ Smith a prominent cryobiologist and doctor who worked at King’s College Hospital.

Acoustic shed 

The acoustic shed is part of our commitment to being a good neighbour as it allows us to keep the noise and dust from our tunnelling work inside the shed, rather than it disturbing residents close by. It will also allow us to store materials inside the shed at night so that we can keep the number of later deliveries to a minimum. We recently installed our gantry cranes inside the shed which will enable us to move materials and machinery into the tunnel, can watch a short video about our cranes here.

Works update

23 November 2017 - Works update 

  • We have reinforced and upgraded the water main, and we have resurfaced the main stretch of the eastbound carriageway. Read More

13 September 2017 - Works update

  • We're starting the demolition of a disused office block, with some works outside of our normal hours. More information here.

24 August 2017 - Works update

  • With our acoustic shed in place, we're planning to start working 24 hours a day at Kirtling Street, but we're not expecting any significant additional noise impacts. Read more 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.
  • 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]

Kirtling Street - Latest news

Hole as big as the dome of St Paul's being dug for super sewer in London

Kirtling Street Team
Tideway workers have begun work on digging a hole with a 30m diameter on the banks of the River Thames to start building the Thames Tideway Tunnel, known as London's 'super sewer'.

> Read on

Tideway's River Times - Central

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

River Times Central - Autumn 2017

Kirtling Street - Site Information

What are our working hours?

Standard working hours are 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 8am-12pm Saturday.  Also, there is a 1 hour mobilisation period before and after the Standard Working Hours, plus maintenance periods on Saturday 1-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.

Working hours for sub-surface works (i.e. within the acoustic enclosure) will be 24 hour, 7 days per week.

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 Kirtling Street we anticipate an average of four barges will access the site per day, subject to the tides.

An anticipated daily average of 36 heavy goods vehicles will access the site. It is proposed that approximately two-thirds of materials will be moved by river and approximately one-third will be moved by road.

Kirtling Street - How we will minimise disruption

  • There will be a noise enclosure over the tunnel drive shaft during works  
  • All static machinery and plant will be screened or enclosed
  • Hoarding will be erected on the site boundaries
  • Vehicle movements outside of standard hours will be restricted
  • Use of low level directional lighting
  • The excavated material handling area will be enclosed
  • Timber fenders will be installed on the jetty
  • Acoustic barriers will be installed on the jetty

Kirtling Street - Important site documents


Submissions to the Council

We are making a number of submissions to the London Borough of Wandsworth as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Kirtling Street site. These submissions are available to view on the London Borough of Wandsworth's planning portal. Please click here to be redirected to the portal. If you are interested on commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Kirtling Street - Community Liaison Working Groups

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 16 January at our Kirtling Street office at 6.30pm.

10 May 2017 - Community Liaison Working Group minutes

1 February 2017 - Community Liaison Working Group minutes

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