Crossness Engine Trust

Crossness engines trust

CIVIL PROJECT PROVIDING A CAR PARK AND FOOTPATH TO THE HISTORIC GRADE 1 LISTED INDUSTRIAL BUILDING 

Taken from the London Borough of Bexley website: http://www.bexley.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=3209

"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?

Provision of a footpath and car park in accordance with DDA requirements was required to ensure that the Crossness Engines Trust, run by volunteers, could gain funding from organisations which had placed such stipulations for the release of money. As a supporter of the Trust, Thames Water took responsibility for the provision of these essential requirements.

The volunteers have the vision to turn the beam engine house into a Museum and so vital to the cause is fundraising, Grant Application and of fulfilling obligations set for the money to be released. 

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 to completion.

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 and Diligence are 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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