The Victoria Deep Water Terminal (Vic Deep as it is affectionately called locally) is a part of the industrial heritage along the East Greenwich Thames Path. It is adjacent to the temporary golf driving range near the O2.
The extensive site is operated by Hanson as an aggregates storage and concrete works, with part of the site leased to Sivyer Recycling.
Hanson has submitted plans for permission on the site to:
• end the recycling operations
• modernise the concrete production facilities
• create a precast concrete plant to manufacture segments for tunnel such as Thames Tideway, Crossrail and Silvertown.
Planning permission is hoped for this summer and will be followed by removing Sivyer from the site by the end of 2017 and modernisation, in stages, to 2018/19.
Materials will continue to be brought by barge to the protected wharf. They will however be transferred to the facility by high-level conveyor without any crane disruption to the Thames Path.
When operating the precast segments will also to loaded to barges.
Better use of the river and the end of the recycling yard is estimated to cut truck traffic onto Tunnel Avenue by over 100/day.
Enclosing the operations and creating a 21st century plant will also reduce the amount of sand and other materials that blow onto the Path. This will be modified to be a 6 metre pedestrian/cyclist route around the site with railing protection to both sides. Greenwich Cyclists (GC) suggested open railings which tend to feel more secure for Path users and give views on both the river and the works.
Currently it is planned that tunnel segments would be taken by low-loader across the new Path, with gate control when this happens. GC asked if a gantry operation could be costed and considered which would not interrupt Path traffic. If this proved not feasible it was hoped that Hanson (and its partner in the production of segments) would estimate and publicise frequency and duration of Path closures.
GC welcomed the proposals especially the creation of a clean Thames Path and the efforts to discuss features of the plan with user and local groups (the East Greenwich Residents Association was also present at 2 site meetings).
Please let us have your views and, if you wish to contact Hanson directly: email: firstname.lastname@example.org