BLP to advise Tideway on London’s ‘Super sewer’

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has been formally appointed to advise Tideway, the new company created to finance and deliver London’s £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel.

The appointment has been agreed for a four year contract beginning on 1st April 2016, and will cover a range of legal services, including planning & environment, real estate and asset protection.

The  ‘Super sewer’ will stretch 15 miles under London to help prevent untreated sewage from flowing into the city’s river.

At present during times of rainfall untreated sewage flows into the River from Combined Sewer Overflows. The Super sewer will intercept 34 of the most polluting CSOs.  Construction of the Super sewer will commence in 2016.

BLP’s practice areas which have been appointed are:

  • Planning and Environment;
  • Compulsory Purchase and Compensation;
  • Real Estate including Real Estate Disputes;
  • Asset Protection, Construction and Procurement;
  • Employment.

James Good, Planning Partner at BLP, commented: “This project marks an important milestone in both our long-standing relationship with the Thames Tideway Tunnel and our work in improving on London’s basic infrastructure.

“Our work with Tideway is another great opportunity for us to demonstrate our ability to work across several practice groups and deliver on a huge project that will benefit the UK’s capital.”

The ‘super sewer’ tunnel follows the route of the River Thames from West London to Limehouse, where it then continues north-east to Abbey Mills Pumping Station near Stratford. It will be 7.2 metres in diameter and have a capacity of 1.6 million cubic metres, upgrading London’s Victorian sewerage network to cope with the demands of the 21st century.

BLP has been advising on the Thames Tideway Tunnel for nine years. Other law firms that are involved with the project include Linklaters, Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst and Norton Rose Fulbright.



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