Plans for the £250M Counters Creek flood alleviation scheme in west London are to be put forward for planning approval shortly.
The work will go out to tender, rather than automatically going to Thames Water’s construction joint venture Eight₂O, which comprises Costain, Atkins and Black & Veatch.
The plan is for a 5km long storm relief sewer system, which will connect existing sewers with a new storm relief sewer. The new 4m wide sewer will be constructed on a larger scale than the existing sewers. It will store storm water, which would flow into the Thames Tideway Tunnel at Lots Road in Fulham when heavy rain has stopped.
“The Counters Creek Flood Alleviation Scheme is essential to protect our customers from the horrors of sewer flooding. As part of our plans, we are developing a range of solutions and are finalising how to deliver these most efficiently. This includes tendering for a contractor to deliver the construction of the scheme. We’re taking into account what we’ve heard in our recent consultation with customers and local stakeholders and expect to put these plans forward for planning approval in the near future,” said a Thames Water spokesperson.
Thames Water has identified five locations where the existing sewer system would connect to the new sewer and these will be the construction sites. The sewer will be located 35m underground. The locations are:
- Cremorne Wharf Depot, Lots Road, Chelsea
- Land adjacent to Talgarth Road and Trevanion Road, Hammersmith
- Maclise Road car park and woodland, adjacent to Kensington Olympia
- Holland Villas Road at its junction with Lower Addison Gardens
- Car park at Tesco Superstore, Shepherd’s Bush Road
If planning permission is approved, construction will start this year and end in 2020.