Thames Tideway Super Sewer, London, UK


Keller UK, Keller Austria,
Keller Poland


Blackfriars, London


Thames Tideway Ltd

Main contractor: TTC – Ferrovial / LOR JV

Project details: 

The Thames Tideway is a 25km long tunnel running mostly along the line of the River Thames through central London. It will provide capture, storage and conveyance of almost all the combined raw sewage and rainwater discharges that currently overflow into the river. Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore worksite included the construction of an online 55m deep, 22m diameter sprayed concrete lined (SCL) drop shaft for a Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM). Jet Grouting was proposed for two reasons:
• To stabilise granular soils around TBM intervention
• To stabilise granular soils for the open face SCL shaft construction
In both cases, the primary means of ground stabilisation was dewatering.
The challenge:
To form fully interlocking jet grouted columns 52m deep, in varying ground conditions from within a cofferdam situated in the River Thames.

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Technical solution:

Following successful trials on a previous shaft, Keller formed 2.6m diameter interlocking columns at 52m depth, using specialist in-house jet grouting equipment, working 24/7 for 15 weeks to accelerate the programme. Keller deployed specialist expertise from several different business units to successfully complete the works.
Key Achievements:
• Installation of 138 No 2.6m diameter columns, 52m drilled depth, 18m jetted length
• Access to site via barge along River Thames
• 24/7 working
• 2 row interlocking cut off at 52m depth


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