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Thames Barrier

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Rendel, Palmer and Tritton
location London
function water management
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The Thames Barrier is a flood control structure on the river Thames, located downstream of central London. Designed by Rendel, Palmer and Tritton, it was finished in 1982 and officially opened in 1984. It's purpose is to protect London from being flooded by an exceptionally high tide moving up from the sea, exacerbated by a storm surge. At low tide it is opened to release water flowing down the Thames. The barrier divides the river into four 61m and two 31m navigable spans and four smaller non-navigable channels between nine concrete piers and two abutments. The flood gates across these openings are circular segments in cross section, raised by hydraulics and operated by rotating. It is the world's second largest movable flood barrier, the largest being the Maeslantkering in The Netherlands.

Robert Wingrove says:
I also worked at the at the Southwark ST office in the seventies.I was a contract electrical designer.
Patricia Edwards spain says:
I was very proud to work in the Southwark St drawing office in the 70' s on the Thames Barrier We were a great team on a great project
Ann. Essex says:
My dad worked for Rendell, Palmer and tritton. He supervised the construction of the stainless steel 'hoods' in Liverpool.
ccc says:
thanks for your translation! I am in Shanghai, China. I want to visit these beutiful building in euro.
shanghai, China 09-Mar-08
Naomi says:
here's the past comment translated, for all you English speaking people: 'the hydro project/water piping system can be this beautilful, im amazed, really would like to stand in front of it and appreciate it from upclose'
Amsterdam, Netherlands 06-Mar-08
ccc says:
shanghai, China 06-Mar-08
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Thames Barrier
North Woolwich road
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours Visitors are not allowed on the barrier, but is can be seen from the riverside 24/7.
How to get there? The barrier is located just off North Woolwich Road, serviced by underground station 'Pontoon Dock'. Coming from the southern banks, the barrier can be reached from Eastmoor Street, a small street off Woolwich Road (not to be mistaken with North Woolwich Road on the northern river banks).
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Completion 1982
ArchitectRendel, Palmer and Tritton
Client Greater London Council
Project ID 1764
Latitude/Longitude 51°29'51N 00°02'13E
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