Alternative approach

The removal by barge of excavated material from the Battersea Power Station development’s main Energy Centre on the Power Station site has commenced. One hundred and eighty thousand tonnes of material are estimated to be removed between now and Summer 2017, saving over 16,000 lorry journeys between Battersea and locations in Essex such as Rainham, Pitsea or Tilbury where the material will be recycled or reused for reclamation for nature reserves.

The programme led by specialist contractor S. Walsh, sees two barge loads moved each day, the equivalent of 120 lorry movements.

Mike Grice, Construction Director at Battersea Power Station Development Company said: “Reducing the number of lorry movements to benefit the environment and local road users is a primary objective for the construction teams at Battersea Power Station. We are delighted to be working with Skanska and S. Walsh to remove excavated material from the basement Energy Centre and reduce our transport carbon footprint by around 30 per cent in the process.”