Adams Hendry – Projects

Thames Tideway Tunnel

By | September 19, 2014

Thames Tideway Tunnel

Helping to deliver nationally significant infrastructure

Adams Hendry has been working closely both with, and within, the Thames Tideway Tunnel project team for a number of years on what is one of the largest civil engineering projects in the UK.  From providing early advice on consenting, through to a long term staff secondment into the Thames Tideway Tunnel planning team, Adams Hendry is actively helping to get this high profile infrastructure project built.  Two of our Principal Planners currently hold the Planning Consents Advisor roles within the Thames Tideway Tunnel East Delivery Team.

The 25km tunnel will run underground from Acton storm tanks in West London, and travel roughly the line underneath the river to Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London, where it will connect to the Lee Tunnel.  The sewage collected from the 34 most polluting discharge points along the tidal river in Central London, will then be taken via the Lee Tunnel to Beckton sewage works for treatment.

The Secretaries of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities and Local Government granted development consent for the Thames Tideway Tunnel on 12 September 2014, and the Thames Water Utilities Limited (Thames Tideway Tunnel) Order 2014 (the Order) came into force on 24 September 2014.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel has won the Silver Jubilee Cup at the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence. Recognising exemplary planning achievement, the Silver Jubilee Cup is the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious planning award. In addition, the project also won the ‘Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places’ award. Adams Hendry has been working within the Thames Tideway Tunnel project team for a number of years, and the awards are excellent peer recognition of the team effort involved in obtaining a Development Consent Order for the Project. Nick Raynsford, a former planning minister, and Chair of Judges this year said: “The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an exceptional solution to an extremely complicated planning problem. It is an outstanding winner of the Silver Jubilee Cup in what was a very strong field.”


Andy Blaxland, Director: 01962 877414 |