Duke Shore Wharf

River Wall Temporary Remedial Installation

London, E14
4 months


  • Source and mobilise specialist floating plant
  • Excavation operations utilising float plant
  • Craneage operations utilising floating plant
  • Installation of granular platform
  • Installation of base layer of scour protection
  • Installation of top Layer of scour protection (Kyowa bags)


Duke Shore Wharf is located on the river side in Limehouse, London. This historic area, referenced by Samuel Pepys, has seen many changes over the centuries and is now home to a development of apartments built around a central courtyard.

A bathymetric survey had shown that the foreshore level had dropped significantly due to tidal erosion. This had exposed the foundation of the river wall. The inherent risk was that if the wall failed, then the piled foundation of the new apartment blocks might be exposed, affecting the structural integrity of the buildings.

As an approved subcontractor under the TEAM2100 framework agreement, we were contacted by in December 2016, and asked if we could help devise a solution to support the failing river wall.

We developed the idea of using decommissioned shipping containers to provide the fortification to the river wall. A protective bund was constructed on the foreshore using granular fill, levelled to provide a base for the containers. These were then placed by crane barge and filled with a granular material. The containers were then topped with concrete and the whole area fenced off to the public.

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