Aecom bags lead design deal on London Tideway £4bn super sewer
Posted on: 22/12/2015

Aecom has secured a major design deal for the London Tideway Central Section development. The company has been appointed as the lead design consultant for the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel in London, and will deliver design services for the 7.5 mile central section of the tunnel, from Carnwath Road in Fulham to Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey, which is the largest section on the route.

The American-based firm has experience in delivering other major underground infrastructure projects in London, such as their work on the central underground section of Crossrail. They have also delivered design consultancy services for the Lee Tunnel project, due for completion in 2016. Arup and Mott MacDonald have also signed onto the design deal as well. Mott MacDonald project director Michael Francis said;

“It is fantastic to be involved in the creation of one of London’s most significant infrastructure projects.

“The east works package is the deepest section of the project with tunnels driven by slurry tunnel boring machines deep in the chalk up to 70m below the water table.

“The deep shafts are constructed using diaphragm walls and the complex hydraulic structures to divert flows require soil mixing ground treatment, secant piles and high quality concrete meeting the 120 years design life.”

Work on the super sewer is expected to start on site next year, and is set for completion in 2023.

The modernisation of London’s Victorian wastewater infrastructure is set to be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. Once completed, the new sewage storage and transfer tunnel will help address sewage discharge levels to the tidal section of the River Thames and will significantly increase capacity in the London sewerage network.

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