Cadent’s flagship project nears completion

Work on Cadent's biggest civil engineering project - a 330m long tunnel under the River Thames - is nearing completion with London's historic Battersea Park also getting a major makeover.

Cadent’s flagship project nears completion

The 330m tunnel will transport gas under the Thames between Chelsea and Battersea.

Engineers used a section of Battersea Park to sink one of the tunnel’s two 30m shafts and associated tunnelling and engineering works. Construction of the tunnel is complete and work is now well underway to landscape the former worksite.

Designed by landscape architects LUC (Land Use Consultants) and delivered by contractor Landform the landscaping work will both reconnect the former construction site to the rest of Battersea Park, while also providing a colourful gateway into the park.

Neil Blackley, head of parks for Enable Leisure and Culture, who manage the park on behalf of Wandsworth Council, said: “We’ve been working closely with Cadent throughout the project to ensure the work has as little impact as possible on the park – that’s quite a challenge when a 30m tunnel shaft is involved.

“However, I am pleased to say that things have gone remarkably well and the landscaping work that’s currently underway should help make a real improvement to this corner of the Park.”

The Friends of Battersea Park, a registered charity which works to protect and maintain the park was also involved in the project.

Cadent project manager Andrew Hejdner said: “The work we carried out in the park to build the tunnel will help keep Londoners connected to safe and reliable gas supplies.

“However, we also aim to ensure that we return the areas we work in to as good a condition or better than before we started our work.

He added: “Visitors to the park will be in for a visual treat when this work is complete! We’ve taken great care to select a mixture of plants to provide a variety of colour and interest throughout the year.”

The tunnel project itself, meanwhile, is due to be fully operational in 2019.


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