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Restoration of Bazalgette's Crossness pumping station underway

The £2.7M restoration of one of the iconic feats of Victorian engineering - Sir Joseph Bazalgette's Crossness pumping station in Bexley, London - reached another significant milestone yesterday as the management contract for the project was awarded.

Schal, the project management arm of TPS Consult (part of the Carillion Group) was appointed Project Managers and Construction Design and Management coordinators to implement the restoration project.

The restoration, which received over £1.5M in Lottery funding last year on the 150th anniversary of the “Great Stink” of 1858, is part of a project costing £2.7M and is due to start in early 2009.

As well as conserving the buildings there will be a new exhibition exploring the social history of the site which will take in public health, pollution and the environment, encouraging visitors to celebrate the engineering triumph on their doorstep. A new café, car parking, education room and archive and an updated website will also be developed.

The Pumping Station was the solution and product of Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s vision to save London from what then Prime Minister Disraeli called “a Stygian pool reeking with ineffable and unbearable horror.”

Housing the four largest rotary beam engines in the world and currently in a dilapidated state, the Grade 1 listed Beam Engine House and Boiler House are both on the English Heritage Buildings at Risk register.

Schal’s work on Crossness Pumping Station includes project management of exhibition, catering, retail, visitor facilities, ticketing, volunteer facilities, repairs to the roofs and external walls and landscape work to create a Victorian garden and habitat areas.

Crossness Engines Trust president Peter Bazalgette, also the great-great-grandson of Sir Joseph Bazalgette added: “The Trust’s volunteers have worked tirelessly to restore one of the magnificent engines and to create an experience which visitor’s already enjoy. This project will allow us to improve on that experience, safeguard the fabric of the buildings and make possible new community ventures that will allow this monument to Victorian engineering to take on a new lease of life.”

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