Umpire boat

Bargemaster of the Fishmongers’ Company Bobbie Prentice umpires the Doggett's Coat and Badge race.

Schools, societies and special interest groups from across London and beyond have been finding out more about the Thames Tideway Tunnel this summer.

On 12 July, our mobile information unit was outside the historic Fishmongers’ Hall in the City of London, providing spectators and passersby at the historic Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race with an opportunity to question project staff.

Earlier that week, Sue Hitchcock, Third Party Infrastructure Manager, updated fellow female engineering professionals on the project’s progress at an Association of Project Management Conference held at the University Women’s Club in Westminster.

The day before, we also had a well-attended stand at a ‘Base London’ conference at the University of East London with around 800 delegates, including the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales. We launched our new guide to our Transport Strategy at the conference.

Meanwhile, a team of STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) ambassadors, all working on the project, have been out and about in schools as far afield as Hounslow and Newham. Our Head of Commercial, Amar Qureshi, also took time out to get involved in a lesson on the project with pupils and teachers at The Gower School in Islington.

Back in May, Gareth Thomas , Engineering Manager and Dermot Scanlon, EIA manager gave a technical presentation on the project to the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation in Lambeth.

Today (18 July), Scott Young from our Education team will be at a Maritime Jobs Fair in Gravesend to highlight to young people the prospects the project will be able to offer with qualifications as engineering and other specialisms.

If you know of a group or society who would like us to do a presentation on the background to the project, please email

Keep an eye out for us at this year’s Mayor’s Thames Festival, extended this year to cover two weekends (6-15 September).

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