Nearly 170 years after Sir Joseph Bazalgette revolutionised the way water waste flowed through London, work has begun on the new 4.2bn super sewer which is urgently needed to halt the tonnes of sewage being spilt into the tidal section of the River Thames every year.
Tideway workers have dug a hole with a 30m diameter, the same size as St Paul’s Cathedral’s dome, which marks the central point of a new 16-mile tunnel. The sewer will be split into three parts: east, central and west sections and it’s expected that Tideway will create nearly 5000 sustainable jobs and see almost 20,000 people working on the project in total. This includes aiming for one in every 50 workers to be an apprentice, one in every 100 to be an ex-offender, and to have a 50:50 male-female split on the client team.
Whilst contractor teams will aim to complete the project by late 2022, the rest of the scheme’s timeline looks like this:
2017: Tunnelling begins
2019: Secondary lining begins
2021: Tunnelling ends
2022: System Commissioning begins
2023: All works completed
We have already placed a number of Senior and Site Engineers on this project and if you're interested in available opportunities, we'd be keen to talk to you.