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Architecture on the Thames Central

11 May 13:00 - 15:45
Organized by: Open City
Departing and returning to Crown Pier
Victoria Embankment

This afternoon tour along the River Thames surveys the landmark architecture of central London’s embankments and the skyline beyond with a special focus on London's Super Sewer. 


For this tour our regular tour guide Benedict O'Looney, a practicing architect and teacher famed for his thoughtful commentary, is joined by Clare Donnelly, director of Fereday Pollard Architects and Lead Architect for Tideway, the company building London’s Super Sewer.


Clare specialises in design for infrastructure in London having worked for Crossrail, East London Line and National Grid but has spent much of the last 10 years working to deliver the architecture and Landscape associated with Thames Tideway Tunnel, first as a designer and more recently as the client.


Clare will explain the thinking behind the super sewer construction works now prominent along the Thames between Putney in the West to Shadwell in the east including major works at Blackfriars Bridge and Opposite the London Eye,  how these relate the construction of the Victorian Embankments and the legacy of new public realm it will leave behind.

Clare will speak for around 20 minutes, giving a behind-the-scenes account of designing and building structures out into London’s iconic river.


Departing from Crown Pier, the tour first ventures upriver to Nine Elms, taking in Battersea Power Station and the new American Embassy. Then heading downriver, our guide will explore the design and history of Michael Hopkins' imposing Portcullis House, the Neo-classical Somerset House and Renzo Piano's Shard, among many others before returning to Crown Pier.


Duration 2.45hrs. Regretfully no children under 7. Booked for capacity of the inside covered deck in case of rain.


Ticket with pre-order mojito available here