Underground Water Features
The ground beneath Redington Frognal is a complex layering of Bagshot Sand, Claygate Member and band D of the London Clay Formation. The top two layers have a high silt and sandy component rendering them susceptible to high water conductivity, as well as being potentially less stable.
In parts of Redington Frognal the water table ground water flow is constant and rapid. Basement excavation can sometimes break into continuous flow of these water tables, but will also constrain and divert the ground water present throughout the area, causing erosion of the high silt and sand content of Redington Frognal’s soil types leading to significant volume loss. This results in the frequent subsidence of neighbouring buildings and formation of cavities under roadways and services.
Crater big enough to fit a man in opens up in Hampstead
Ham&High PUBLISHED: 13:18 21 October 2011, By Josh Pettitt
A vast hole in the road leading to an underground chasm opened up in Hampstead over the weekend.
Cllr Chris Knight discovered the apparent pothole in the middle of Redington Road on Saturday afternoon. But it turned out to a small opening leading to a gaping cavern below – sparking renewed fears about the effects of basement developments on Hampstead’s foundations.
The former cabinet member for environment said: “The hole is big enough to swallow a small car. “This is precisely the sort of thing that’s very worrying for people. It does not bode well for basement construction in the area if one small water flow can do this.”
He believes the hole formed because of sand being eroded over a long period of time.
Arup Map of Redington Frognal Underground Rivers
In the wake of growing concerns, ARUP was commissioned to map underground rivers for the neighbourhood plan evidence base at the end of 2016. The research was conducted with the aid of citizen science.
The ARUP report generated is available here:
Arup Mapping Report_RevA_Issue 010416_Reduced
And the latest report is available here:
Arup Mapping Report final 010416
The resultant map with water features identified to date is shown below. This will be updated as new features are discovered:
The latest map from 20-01-2016 is shown below:
ARUP have also generated an interactive map, which is available online through Google Earth. This online version highlights the water features charted. Within Google Earth you can hide and display any of the listed features, and interact in other ways similar to Google’s more common Maps app. A snapshot of this version is shown below:
Spring lines typically occur at the junction of the Bagshot Sands and underlying clay units.
The geological complexity of the Redington Frognal area is such that springs may occur at the boundary between:
- Bagshot Formation and Claygate Member
- e Claygate Member and London Clay
- and potentially anywhere in between, depending on the local hydrogeological conditions.
Redington Frognal Spring Line
An updated map showing the spring line is shown below:
This file is also available as as pdf here: Spring Line + Arup map
And a further map of the spring line is attached below: