This is what Blackfriars will look like in 2022 after it gets a Thames Tideway Tunnel upgrade

Francesca Washtell
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The area around Blackfriars' northern shore will receive a serious upgrade as part of the Tideway project

Almost all of the work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel super-sewer will take place beneath our feet and, for most of us, will go unnoticed.

Not so with Blackfriars.

On the northern bank of the Thames, Blackfriars Bridge will be gaining a new foreshore under the Tideway project, with a sizeable foreshore to its west and a smaller secondary area to the east of the bridge.

Blackfriars will be getting a makeover as a result of the super-sewer upgrade as, in a typical year, there are 21 discharges of untreated sewage with a volume of about 520,000 tonnes into the tidal River Thames.

Under the project, in order to turn Blackfriars into less of an environmental hazard, it will go from looking like this...

To looking like this...

The new foreshore will comprise the construction of a new area of public space in the foreshore, with shop frontages, a freestanding kiosk, info point and café.

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Main works construction is due to begin in 2017 and will take approximately five years.

The super-sewer as a whole, which will take an estimated eight years to build, will span from Acton in west London to Abbey Mills in the east, travelling under much of central London as it goes.

The project is going to cost taxpayers an estimated £4.2bn to complete, and is being delivered by multiple bodies including Thames Water, BAM Nuttall, Balfour Beatty Group, Vinci Construction Grands Projets and system integrator Amey.

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