The Tideway team at Albert Embankment in Vauxhall has successfully poured the concrete that forms the roof of the 49m-deep shaft.
This key milestone marks the second shaft ‘closure’ on the central section following the closure of the shaft at Victoria Embankment a mile or so down river at the end of last year.
Pouring the 74m3 of concrete took around eight hours and used 30 precast concrete planks sitting atop three giant roof beams that were installed at the beginning of March.
The edge-protection on the beams was pre-installed, along with the steel angles fixed to the planks – an innovation which allowed the team to fit the shaft’s temporary void covers quickly, while optimising safety.
Albert Embankment is one of a number of sites on the Tideway project that will leave an all-new piece of carefully landscaped public space once the project is complete in 2025.
Pouring the concrete roof now means that there are just two hatches and two small grab posts to be installed before the shaft at Albert Embankment Foreshore is complete.