Thames Tideway Tunnel Dormay Street
February 2018
December 2023
BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall, Balfour Beatty JV (west) and Costain, Vinci, Bachy Soletanche (east)

Members of VGC’s workforce are playing a key part in the Tideway East and Tideway West projects.

We provide people to fulfil a wide range of roles, including groundworkers, slingers and foremen.

Our teams have delivered presentations on modern slavery, fairness, inclusion and respect, and mental health, to the workforce. Visiting all Tideway East and West sites over winter 2018 – 2019, they have presented to over 250 operatives. Feedback from the site teams has been very positive.

In June 2018, our skills and employment adviser Kimberley McGinty spent a week on site as part of her role as VGC’s women in construction champion.

John O'LoughlinOur key influencer at Tideway East, John O’Loughlin, has been complimented by client SHEQ management for his ‘excellent’ safety briefing. John has been a key influencer since December 2017, and is also a trained mental health first aider.

Fiona presenting mental wellbeing to Tideway
Fiona Dowling, wellbeing champion, delivering a talk on mental wellbeing to operatives on Tideway East Chambers Wharf site

Go beyond learning

We are supporting a number of careers initiatives in partnership with the Tideway teams. For example:

The project kindly allowed our work experience student, Maddy, to see a major construction site.

We supported an employability skills event at Brixon prison with Tideway West and Key4Life.

The Thames Tideway project

The new 25km super sewer under the Thames river is due to be completed in 2023. It will replace Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s original sewers, built in the 19th century. They were planned to cope with a population of up to four million people, compared to today’s London population of over nine million.