Following a competitive tender, UKPN framework contractor, Falco Construction, has been awarded a contract to provide enabling groundworks to support the development of the Thames Tideway at Chelsea Embankment.

The £250k project was awarded by the main works contractor, a joint-venture between Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke (FLO), which is undertaking the construction work for the Thames Tideway Tunnel at the Chelsea Embankment Foreshore site.

The 8-week contract which is due to be completed in October 2018 involves:

  • Excavation, installation and reinstatement of two-way, five-way and six-way ducting and two 2m x 2m shafts to a depth of 2.5m to locate the existing UKPN telecoms service within the northern footpath. UKPN will use these shafts to carry out the jointing and pulling of new service to navigate around the construction site.
  • Installation of six access chambers including easy bend stub ducts at 3 chamber locations to allow for site service installations at future dates

Falco has deployed a 10 strong multi-disciplined team and specialist subcontractors to deliver the works which will also involve construction of a reinforced concrete raft UKPN substation foundation.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is a £4 billion civil engineering scheme which will build a major new sewer to help tackle the problem of overflows from the capital’s Victorian sewers and will protect the River Thames from increasing pollution for at least the next 100 years. Construction started in 2016 and is expected to be completed in 2023.

FLO is a joint venture between Spanish-based Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke which was selected to build the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

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