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Battersea landscaping starts after gas tunnel completion

Gas infrastructure organisation Cadent has said that it is delivering a major landscaping project in Battersea Park following use of the area for a reception shaft for its Tunnel under the Thames project.

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chelseato battersea tunnelshaft

The park was used to located a 30m deep TBM reception shaft

Contracting joint venture Triio, which is formed by Skanska, Barhale and Mott MacDonald, used the park to construct a 30m deep reception shaft for the tunnel boring machine that drove the 330m tunnel from Chelsea to Battersea.

The current landscaping work will restore the park to its former glory following completion of the tunnelling work.

Once the landscaping is complete, visitors will be able to enjoy a mixture of perennials, wildflower meadow grass and traditional shrubs along with a rain garden. Drought resistant species have been chosen to reduce the need for irrigation and the new plants will also provide much needed habitat for bees and other pollinators in the capital.

“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,” said Wandsworth Council head of parks for enable leisure and culture Neil Blackley.

“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.”

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