Livett’s in Lockdown Part 2: Tunnels, bridges, and a stadium expansion

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Following on from part one of our Livett’s in Lockdown round-up, it’s now time to update you on our activities on the marine civil engineering front.

Much of our work has focused on the continued progress of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, extensive bridge maintenance work throughout the Thames, and assisting with the redevelopment of Fulham’s Craven Cottage stadium.

All projects strictly followed government guidelines, including COVID-19 risk assessments and the implementation of required safety measures both on board vessels and ashore.

Thames Tideway Tunnel – Western section

Bennett’s Barges and Livett’s have been extensively involved with the western section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel for almost three years, primarily tasked with the removal of spoil via barge.

We are delighted to say that digging of the western section is now complete, with the final barges departing the Carnwath Road site on 27 September.

In total, 850,000 tonnes of material were removed from the site and taken down to Land & Water’s Coldharbour Lane Jetty. From here the material was then reused to help regenerate local natural habitats.

The use of our barges removed an incredible 25,000 lorry movements from London’s roads, benefiting the environment and local traffic.

More information about our work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel at Carnwath Road will be shared in a portfolio piece soon.

Thames Tideway Tunnel – Central section

Work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel’s central section is ongoing at Blackfriars. We have supported the site throughout lockdown with the deployment of Meridian as an ever-present safety boat. Her large deck space helps enable safe social distancing measures for crew transfers.

Craven Cottage redevelopment

Premier League outfit Fulham are now in the process of redeveloping their Craven Cottage home, which sits on the banks of the Thames. This involves the complete rebuild of the Riverside Stand, which will expand the stadium’s capacity, whilst simultaneously creating a modern, world-class riverfront destination.

Livett’s have supported this massive marine operation with the provision of three pontoons. Dart has been deployed as a crane barge, whilst Rover and Sidney L are supplying steel deliveries and construction materials to the site.

Similar to the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the use of the river on this long-term project has significant environmental benefits, taking thousands of lorry journeys off London’s congested roads.

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Wandsworth Bridge

We have recently commenced work at Wandsworth Bridge, which is undergoing extensive maintenance. We are providing Alfie as a safety boat for six days per week during the erection of scaffolding on the bridge. The Scheldemond I is due to commence work on the central arch in December.

Upcoming bridge work

Over the next few months, we are due to assist with multiple bridge work projects across London. This primarily involves Scheldemond I being utilised for survey work at locations including Blackfriars Railway Bridge, Hungerford Bridge/Charing Cross Bridge, Cannon Street Railway Bridge, and Grosvenor Bridge/Victoria Railway Bridge.

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You’re now up to speed on the major projects Livett’s have been working on throughout lockdown. As always, please check back with the site regularly for more news about our activities on the River Thames, or get in touch with any enquiries you may have. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Until then, take care and stay safe.