Seven new public spaces are to be created alongside the River Thames as part of works to create London’s super sewer.
Tideway, the company behind the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel, has been given permission to bypass planning rules and build out into the water at key locations in a historical nod to Sir Joseph Bazalgette, who designed the capital’s original sewer system more than 150 years ago.
During the 19th century Bazelgette built out onto the Thames to create the Victoria, Albert and Chelsea Embankments. The new public spaces will be located at these three sites, plus Putney Embankments, Blackfriars Bridge, King Edward Memorial Park and Heathwall Pumping Station.
Parts of the new spaces at Victoria and Chelsea Embankments and at King Edward Memorial Park will be ‘‘floodable’’ at high tides, giving Londoners the chance to dip a toe in the river.
Tideway’s chief technical officer Roger Bailey said: “The construction of Lon don’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. The new public spaces will be designed to enhance the environment and provide a lasting legacy.”
Tideway’s designers have worked with artists at each location to develop a trail of contemporary artwork that taps into the river’s history and its role in London’s development.
Tunnelling work on the 25km sewer is set to begin later this year.
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