Livett’s having a busy year on the civil engineering front

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Livett’s have had a busy year so far with the civil engineering work that we’ve been involved in, providing a range of services to several interesting projects along the River. The diversity of our fleet and experience in the industry means that our services suit the requirements of a range of needs to assist civil engineering work safely and effectively.

One area that is essential to many projects is the provision of marine safety services and vessels that we can charter to organisations carrying out large projects. Such examples include:

Hammersmith Bridge Maintenance – As Wandsworth Council carried out maintenance work on the bridge, installing gantry across all 3 arches, Livett’s provided various vessels including the Alfie and the Meridian as a safety vessel for a one month period.

Isle of Grain – The Meridian is being used as a safety boat as Land and Water carry out maintenance work on fenders on aggregate jetty number 6 (an Aggregate Industries jetty).

HMS Belfast – The Alfie and the Meridian were used over the course of a week as safety vessels to assist brow snagging works on the HMS Belfast. The historic ship based by Tower Bridge was in fact Livett’s head office before we moved to our current location in Shad Thames.

Blackfriars Railway Bridge – On 6th May Balfour Beatty began work on arch number 5 of the bridge. Livett’s will be providing numerous safety boats throughout the course of the project, including the Eddie C, Meridian, and the Alfie.

We have also been providing a range of different services to other civil engineering projects:

Battersea Power Station Development – As material from the original structure is taken down to make way for the planned residential development, the Steven B transported barges loaded with up to 1000 tonnes of aggregate from the site down-river to Rainham. The Alfie was also used as a support boat to assist with maneuvering the barges when coming away from the berth. This was a particularly exciting and exacting job for us as it is a perfect example of how the river can be used as an efficient and environmentally friendly way to move large volumes of materials.

Beckton Outfall – Our multi-purpose flat top steel pontoon, the Dart, was on hire for four weeks as a crane platform for work on the Beckton Outfall Sewage Plant.

Baynard HouseWork at Baynard house required various services and vessels, including the Dart, the Rover, tugs, and safety boats. Works began in January by CMP on behalf of BT, and were carried out to maintain the water intake and discharge system for the Baynard House building. Both barges have been used as crane barges on the project to carry out work on the cofferdams. Smaller vessels were also provided to transfer crane workmen to and from the site. West India DockIn early May, the Dart and various tugs were used to transport sheet piling from Broadness into West India Dock.

Battersea Railway Bridge – The Tidy Thames IV has been on hire to private contractors working on the bridge. The contractors are using the barge to provide storage where assistance was needed on the project.

Grosvenor Railway Bridge – Over the course of a week, the Alfie transported a team of 3 divers from Butler’s Wharf Pier to Grosvenor Railway Bridge to carry out diving surveys to examine the structural soundness of the bridge.

Besides the busy schedule of civil engineering projects, we also welcomed the Eddie C back to the fleet in February after three months in dry dock. The compact work boat has been treated to a considerable refurbishment, including a new engine, re-paint, and fully replaced cabin interior for crew.

Livett’s Group has a long, varied portfolio of civil engineering projects that we have been involved in over the past 30 years. If you would like to learn more about our work and what we can offer then please browse our website, or feel free to contact us at