New offices have been floated up the Thames to Fulham as preparation for the construction of the controversial new super sewer continues.
They arrived at their location in Carnwath Road after a 30-mile trip from Tilbury as part of the Thames Tideway Project - a 25km sewer costing £4.2bn - tasked with tackling the discharge of millions of tonnes of untreated sewage that currently pollutes the river every year.
The arrival of the first load of cabins, brought by specially commissioned tug boats named Felix and Christian, marked the imminent start of construction in west London.
The boats will deliver materials to and from the site near Wandsworth Bridge - one of 24 being used to build the tunnel.
The Tideway project is expected to create 4,000 jobs and is the biggest infrastructure project the UK water industry has ever undertaken.
Ben Green is Tideway’s delivery manager for the west section of the tunnel. He said: “We are committed to using the river as much as we can to transport construction materials for our project.
“Felix and Christian show that we mean what we say and will make a big reduction in HGV movements on London’s roads linked to our work.
"I look forward to them becoming a familiar site on the river over the coming months and years.”
Tunnelling work at Carnwath Road Riverside starts in 2017 for the western section of the tunnel, which will go west to Acton Storm Tanks, the starting point of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
The super sewer was rubber-stamped in 2014 despite opposition from Hammersmith and Fulham Council plus local residents.