Commercial Photography deep underground on London's New Sewage Treatment system
Beckton, located in the London Borough of Newham, is one of Europe’s largest sewage treatment works, and currently serves 3.5 million people. The improvements will enable the site to treat 60 per cent more sewage than it does now and allow for a ten per cent population increase until 2021.
I've been fortunate to have been approached by Thames Water to produce a series of images on the progress of the nearly finished Beckton Sewage treatment. I've been tasked with photographing leading engineers, staff members and also the new pumping system employed to power the Lee Tunnel. The first of two tunnels, which will collectively capture an average of 39 million tonnes of sewage a year from the 35 most polluting combined sewer overflows (CSOs), built by the Victorians as part of a sewerage network that still serves London 150 years on.
The £635m tunnel will tackle discharges from London’s largest CSO at Abbey Mills Pumping Station in Stratford, which accounts for 40 per cent of the total discharge.
The four-mile tunnel will run beneath the London Borough of Newham from Abbey Mills to Beckton.