Celebrating the team's progress and an eventful six months for Thames Deckway.
The past six months have been exciting times for us as we move ever closer to our first phase of development in which we will see our product demonstrator built in East London. The area is growing rapidly and the challenge to develop sustainable and resilient transport infrastructure has become a priority.
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Tower Hamlets recognises the potential benefits of our innovative floating cycleways and we are working to build a functional demonstrator that will showcase the Thames Deckway technologies and environmentally responsive design innovations.
We’ve attracted significant positive interest from engineering and design faculties in many leading academic institutions including UCL Imperial College and the Institute of Civil Engineers. We look forward to developing these relationships further by collaborating on innovative research in the near future.
Our case study in the Future of Cycling at the London Design Museum Cycling Revolution (November 2015-June 2016)
We began the year engaging with the Port of London Authority’s public consultation Thames Vision project. Our consortium (including Royal Haskoning, Hugh Broughton Architects and Kemp Little LLP) presented at the PLA’s London HQ and were very pleased to hear their expert feedback and guidance on our plans.
We met with the Thames Tideway Tunnel team in Paddington to learn more about the environmental, public health, ecological and social benefits of their mega civil engineering project, the super sewer to replace the Victorian Sewer network built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette in the 1860’s.
In March we presented the Thames Deckway at ecobuild in “Real Next Generation Ideas” chaired by Daisy McAndrew alongside Sam Martin of SkyCycle and Alex Smith of LidoLine.
Photo Mark Szaszy
In May we had the pleasure of presenting our project at the Institute of Civil Engineers ICE Innovate New Technology and the Built Environment, in association with Bechtel to an enthusiastic and receptive audience. Our ICE Lecture – Engineering London’s Survival presented the hybrid transportation and emergency flood relief infrastructure function of the Thames Deckway in consideration of the impact of extreme weather caused by climate change.
From L to R: Anna Hill, Claire Donovan, Anne Kemp and Stephen Smith. Photo ©ICE & Visual Eye
We also participated in insightful events across the country including ICE’s Civil Engineering awards, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Hub Showcase; the Thames Estuary Partnership’s Human Health, Well Being and the Thames Estuary presented by Professor Michael Depledge, National Maritime’s ‘Invest in Blue’ event at the International Festival of Business in Liverpool, the Energy Systems Catapult London launch and the Future Cities Catapult celebration.
Above Peter Madden CEO Future Cities Catapult, Guest Speaker at Urban Innovation Centre Anniversary, 19 May 2016
We joined National Maritime (NMDG) at Investinblue, IFB2016, Liverpool, June 15th -16th 2016
From L to R, Rt Hon Anna Soubry, Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, Peter Green, CEO, National Maritime (NMDG), Sezen Zeki, Managing Director, Jobs in Maritime 16 June 2016. Photo credit, Rob Nixon, Boutique TV Ltd
David Connor from Coethica (Demand more good!) joins our stand at “Invest in Blue” at the International Festival of Business in Liverpool.
Our thanks to TEP for their useful introductions and for hosting us as a guest speaker at their Christmas special networking event in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre at University College (UCL) London.
CEO of Thames Estuary Partnership (TEP) Pat Fitzsimons (left) at their Summer Networking event celebrating skills and employment on the Thames
We met with the London Climate Change Partnership on 8 June who have expressed their support in a collaboration with our social and environmental venture.
Team member Lewis Ingram at work in the RSA
On June 9 we met with Andrew Mawson Partnerships and we are now in collaborative discussions with Ray Hall, CEO of London Water City Ltd which is working in partnership with Lord Mawson's Water City CIC. London Water City are planning a complementary initiative to our own, by bringing into being nine green energy generating inhabited bridges that would connect existing transport infrastructure, both sides of the Thames, from the Isle of Dogs to the Thames Estuary.
Image : Ray Hall, London Water City Ltd
In June, Bloomberg’s Focus report by Bryony Collins “Sustainable, Renewable, Energy Efficient: What makes a Smart City?” covered our cycling infrastructure solution in the context of Smart Cities.
Finally the team at Thames Deckway wish to send our congratulations to Sadiq Khan for his successful campaign and look forward to engaging with him on his campaign pledges including expanding London’s cycling infra structure, tackling safety issues, reducing air pollution, creating more affordable housing and providing equal access to public services and open spaces.
The mayoral candidates “London Tomorrow” debate at the London School of Economics event chaired by Colin Stanbridge CEO London Chamber of Commerce.
Message from our founder:
"I'm delighted to see we have made such positive progress with the Thames Deckway engaging an impressive group of supporters and stakeholders in our mission. Our collective vision for a sustainable, clean tech cycling transport solution is fast become a reality, proving that value led ventures are indeed possible.
With the economic and environmental crisis, there has never been a more important time to prove the power of connected, innovative thinking in solving cross disciplinary problems.
The tides are turning - never give up!"
The River Cycleway Consortium Ltd are seeking a single strategic partner to help with the funding for our pilot demonstrator in Tower Hamlets. An opportunity note is available for interested parties.
We will be presenting at the Brian Cox Science Summer School and at the Future Cities ‘Lunchtime Lecture’ series at the Urban Innovation Centre in Clerkenwell, London.
Blue skies ahead and thanks to our supporters from around the world!
The Thames Deckway Team.
Founding Director Anna Hill with co-founder David Nixon,
April 2016 (Photo Mark Szaszy)
All photos by Anna Hill unless stated otherwise