Thames Tideway Central

The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an ambitious project to build a brand new super-sewer underneath the Thames in London.

TCi teamed up with Ashby & Croft to furnish the 85 bay modular building, providing the central office and welfare facilities. The 25km tunnel project is due to complete in 2023 and is expected to be able to cope with London’s growing sewerage output for the next 100 years.

The impressive and striking building, clad in the Tideway Scheme corporate turquoise colour stands in the shadow of Battersea Power Station and is visible from both sides of the river.

TCi (GB) Ltd was invited to propose a furniture scheme, incorporating 349 workstations, plus welfare facilities for 1000 workers arranged over 5 floors. Although a draft layout had been produced by the building supplier, our design team produced exact plans, showing how space could be maximized for efficiency and comfort. Concentrating first on creating clear and unobstructed corridors, respecting minimum space allowances between desks and promoting good workflow. A revised plan of the locker room proposed custom-built combination locker/bench arrangements which incorporated mesh (wet gear) integrated with steel (dry gear) locker units.

Bespoke furniture featuring the corporate colours of turquoise and grey was throughout the install, providing a continuous feeling of unity throughout the facility. Desk screens, breakout chairs, meeting booths, steel lockers and even sofas were upholstered in matching fabric, whilst white desks and black mesh operators’ chairs add contrast to the overall aesthetic. The colourful breakout and canteen furniture adds a fresh shade of light green to the mix.

The entire furniture scheme was delivered in several phases to ensure that the facility could be occupied on time and with minimum disruption. The end result is a grand site office and induction facility which will accommodate several thousand operatives and visitors throughout the life of the project.

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