London is no stranger to change and expansion. As a city we have led the way in so many areas. When change is constant, it can be hard to keep up - what is next for London?
Thames Tideway Mega Sewer
A mega sewer is currently under construction running beneath the tidal section of the river Thames under Central London. This will be the biggest sewer in Britain’s history. Today work is being done to improve upon the original sewer system implemented by Sir Joseph Bazalgette.
Between 1859-1865, Sir Joseph Bazatte’s original sewer system was built to manage the waste and rainwater run off for a city housing 2 million people. Improving upon this system means constructing a sewer system capable of handling the waste of more than 4x as many Londoners. The work will continue until 2023!
"This will be the biggest sewer in Britain’s history."
10, 000 new council homes
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a proposal to build 10,000 new council homes in London. With so many vulnerable people awaiting placement in affordable housing this has the potential to save lives. Not only this but the amount of jobs it will create to undertake such a massive project will be a fantastic boost for the industry and local economy. This will be the very first City Hall initiative that is focused solely on the issue of social housing.
"This massive project could save lives as well as creating jobs."
Proposals for work to extend the Bakerloo Line southbound toward Hayes in Kent are not new, though they have been few and far between. The first initial proposal came in the 1970s with no avail. However there have in recent years, 2014 and 2017, been reawakened consultations with Tfl about the potential for an expansion.
There are a number of possible routes involving current Overground stations such as Crystal Palace, Peckham Rye and New Cross which would all benefit from better connections to central London. Still in the consultation process this is a development which could have massive benefits for the residents of South London who for now rely on overground services, national rail and buses.
"This development could be a really positive development for the residents of South London."
Battersea Power Station Development
With over 6 million bricks used in its construction, Battersea Power Station is one of the largest brick buildings in the world. Decommissioned since 1983, the building has stood dormant. With plans being rejected due to their cost or their practicality for decades, finally in 2013 work began on a design who have invested over £500m in the project.
Phase 1 has already been completed in 2017 with Battersea power station now being home to around 1000 residents. The original art deco features have been maintained whilst simultaneously expanding the site to house offices, residential blocks, shops, cafes and restaurants. It is expected that the project will not be complete until 2025, so we’ll have to wait a bit before we can see this London icon in all its glory.
"The project will not be complete until 2025, so we’ll have to wait a bit before we can see this London icon in all its glory."
The future of London, above and below ground, is so exciting! Creating new homes for some of the city’s most vulnerable people. Cleaning water systems which will benefit wildlife and waterway users alike.These are all factors which will boost the London economy and our position as one of the best cities in the world to work, live and visit.