The New Vision of the River Thames will be Unveiled Shortly by Tideway. The company building the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The 25km super an integral infrastructure project will modernise London’s aging sewage system and dramatically improve the environment by preventing millions of tonnes of sewage overflowing into the river each year. Tideway will be honoring that legacy by also building out onto the river, creating seven new landscaped areas which will include sites at Chelsea, Albert, Victoria and Putney Embankments, as well as at Blackfriars Bridge, King Edward Memorial Park and Heathwall Pumping Station.
Tideway’s designers have worked closely with artists at each location to develop a trail of contemporary artwork that explores themes from the River’s history and its significant role in the city’s development. The new public spaces will follow the example set by Bazalgette, as demonstrated on the embankment river walls which includes the now iconic sturgeon lamp posts. The Thames Tideway Tunnel will help transform the river with the valuable experience, expertise, and approach of the combined Arup and Atkins teams that is being utilised to promote a positive change in the relationship with the Londoners and visitors. In developing these designs for the ambitious new public spaces the architect has worked on the unique characteristics of each site; from the natural, contemplative context of Chelsea Embankment to the prominent position of Blackfriars Bridge, where the landscape tells the story of the lost river Fleet while opening up new views of St Paul’s. The sites are connected by a common aim to bring people closer to the river.”
The team, comprising Architects, Contractors, Engineers and Artists, are working closely together to sensitively manage the impacts of the massive below-ground engineering on existing communities and physical context and deliver memorable new public realm. The construction of London’s new super sewer will create three acres of new public space designed to reconnect the capital’s residents and visitors with the River Thames. In keeping with Bazalgette’s legacy, the new public spaces will be designed to enhance the environment and provide a lasting legacy.
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