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A joint venture between Atkins and Arup has been appointed a consultancy contract to deliver a range of design and engineering services for BMB, the joint venture between BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty, who have been appointed by Tideway to deliver the West section of London’s new ‘super sewer’, the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Valued at £416 million the six kilometre ‘West’ section of the 25km Thames Tideway Tunnel will run from Acton in West London to Wandsworth in South West London incorporating seven separate work sites along the route. Works will include design, construction, commissioning and maintenance following construction completion.

Upon completion, the Thames Tideway Tunnel will ensure the capital’s sewer system is fit to support its projected population for at least the next 100 years, and will tackle the issue of discharges of untreated sewage that currently enter the River Thames on a regular basis.

The new tunnel will be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry.

Nick Roberts, UK CEO at Atkins, said:

“A healthy River Thames plays an essential role in the wellbeing and prosperity of the City of London and its people. The Thames Tideway Tunnel will help transform the river and we are very pleased that BMB chose the valuable experience, expertise and approach we’ve developed with Arup from projects such as Crossrail. We look forward to playing our part in promoting a positive change in the relationship that Londoners and visitors have with the Thames.”

Alan Belfield, UKMEA Chairman, Arup said:

“The Thames Tideway Tunnel is one of the UK’s most challenging, yet important, infrastructure projects. We have already made great strides in creating a cleaner and safer River Thames but there is a clear need to modernise our essential infrastructure. Partnerships such as ours with Atkins will play a pivotal role in driving forward these major feats of engineering and we look forward to working together on this unique project to see the benefits it will provide to the city.”

Mobilisation work for the ‘West’ section begun in September last year with completion scheduled for 2022.


For more information:

Elaine Garner
Marketing Manager, Water, Atkins

Tel: +44 29290 358069

Notes to editors:

Atkins ( is one of the world's most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, employing over 18,000 people across the UK, North America, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Europe. We build long term trusted partnerships to create a world where lives are enriched through the implementation of our ideas. You can view Atkins’ recent projects on our website.

Atkins plays a key role in delivering technical consultancy service for water and sewerage companies across the UK and abroad. Services range from planning, feasibility, design, procurement to construction supervision to optimise water and wastewater networks. Atkins employs 8,900 staff across the UK including 1,500 staff working in its Water, Ground and Environment division.

Arup ( is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 92 offices in 40 countries our 13,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.

Arup is a leading designer of major underground infrastructure projects around the world, from the early stages of project creation through to construction and operation. Arup’s water business provides a range of services including design of water and wastewater infrastructure, flood engineering and catchment management, advisory services, and asset management.

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