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Thames Tideway Tunnel, Blackfriars Bridge Fereday Pollard Architects

Thames Tideway Tunnel, Blackfriars Bridge Fereday Pollard Architects

London’s £4.2bn “super-sewer” has taken a leap forward with the appointment of consultants Arcadis, Turner & Townsend and Gardiner & Theobold to its commercial support services Framework.

The three firms will work on the new Thames Tideway Tunnel over the next four years, providing services including project and programme management.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a 25km sewer tunnel designed to deal with the millions of tonnes of raw sewage that currently empty into the River Thames each year.

Mark Sneesby, chief operating officer at Tideway, which is delivering the sewer said: “As we start main construction work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, we are confident that having the knowledge and expertise of three of the most prominent consultancies will be a huge asset in our work to clean up London’s river.”

Arcadis project leader Martyn Court said: “We have been working with Thames Water for the last four years, throughout the procurement phase and supporting the transfer of the project to its new owner last year. With a team of more than 30 people involved in the project – from Business Advisory and Risk and Cost specialists, through to Water Conveyancing and Tunnelling experts – it’s a real testament to the strength of our combined expertise to be assured of our continued involvement.”

Peter Depledge, director of infrastructure for Turner & Townsend, said: “We’re delighted to be playing a role in ensuring the timely delivery of such a huge and important project which will deliver a positive outcome for Londoners for generations ahead.”

G&T partner, Rob Knight, said: “Having had an involvement in the Thames Tideway Tunnel Programme since 2013, Gardiner & Theobald is delighted to have been appointed as a key supplier to the Commercial Support Services Framework.  We are looking forward to working with the Tideway team and providing our skills and experience on this major London project.”

However, the project has not been without opposition and was in 2014 hit with legal challenges.