Crossness pumping station

Crossness Pumping Station

Civil project providing car park and walkway to Grade 1 listed industrial building.

Crossness Pumping Station is one of only two Grade 1 Listed industrial buildings in London, (the other being Tower Bridge) and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork found in the world today.
Commissioned to clean the River Thames following 'the Great Stink' of 1858, Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed sewerage system and was opened by Edward, Prince of Wales in 1865.
The station houses the largest rotative beam engines in the world, built by James Watt and Sons. Both the building and spectacular cast iron machinery are undergoing a huge restoration project led by the Crossness Engines Trust to return them to their former glory.
The restoration is part of a wider £2.7 million project that will not only see the conservation of the buildings, but also the development of a new exhibition looking at the history of the site and 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.

What did Diligence contribute to this project?

The Crossness Engines Trust, run by volunteers, have the vision to turn the beam engine house into a Museum and to so require vital funds from Grant/Financial Award Applications, their Membership fees and events or general donations.

Funding from organisations often with stipulations for the release of money and as a supporter of the Trust, Thames Water took responsibility for the provision of these essential requirements. As one part of the larger upgrade works to the STW, a few Project Managers changed, so Diligence were commissioned to take the project through Construction. Handover to Thames Water Operations and subsequently to the Crossness Engine Trust was coordinated with the 150-year celebration of the opening of the building in 1858. Diligence is proud to be a part of the Thames Water and Crossness Engine Trust History, and the contribution the Trust makes to our Community.

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