Water Based Works, Recreational Facilities & Energy Generation

  • Ivor H. Seeley
Part of the Macmillan Building and Surveying Series book series (BASS)


A CIRIA report in 19891 stated that rising groundwater beneath London and other cities will cause severe damage to buildings and tunnels within 20 to 30 years, by the water pressure causing ground movement in the overlying clay in central London, unless action is taken. As a result the DOE, which funded part of the 5-year research project, requested the NRA to undertake an urgent review of the problem and suggest remedial measures. The groundwater level under central London is rising by about a metre per year, because water is no longer being drawn from underground wells, as industry moved out of cities to other locations. Of the 150 km of the London Tube system, 40 km are within the critical zone.


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