Isle of Dogs pumping station receives listed status
An iconic Thames Water pumping station on the Isle of Dogs in East London has been declared a Grade II listed building by Historic England.
The site on Stewart Street was given listed status due to its unique design by British architect John Outram. The listing is a result of Historic England’s Post-Modernism project, which is giving listed status to more structures built in recent decades.
The storm water pumping station has been in operation since it was first designed by Outram and built in the late 1980s. It becomes active during periods of heavy or prolonged rain when the main sewer network fills up and pumps excess water directly to the River Thames to prevent flooding.
Site manager Gerry Sullivan said: “The building has always attracted attention from passers-by and certainly doesn’t look like the average pumping station, but it was still a surprise when Historic England got in touch to say they were interested in making it a listed building. Its new-found fame won’t change it though and it will continue to play an important role in managing storm water and reducing the risk of flooding on the Isle of Dogs for many years to come.”
Roger Bowdler, Historic England’s Director of Listing, said: “John Outram’s pumping station was one of the most exciting buildings of the 1980s. Outram exulted in the panache and exuberance of Classicism, and gave this utterly functional structure an exterior which is unforgettable. It is vital that we keep the List up to date: it’s really exciting that we are starting to see the very best of Post-Modern buildings find their place among England’s finest works of architecture.”
- Flood risk warnings improved on River Great Ouse Homes and businesses at risk of flooding from the River Great Ouse, between Bedford and Offord in Cambridgeshire, are to... Read More >
- New Scottish centre to improve flood emergency response The Scottish government has announced a new national centre for resilience at Crichton Campus in Dumfries that will work... Read More >
- Urgent action needed to address water shortages and flood risk Urgent action is needed in the UK to address climate-related risks including water shortages and flooding, a new report by... Read More >
- Pump maintenance: keeping it pumping Maintaining pumps in top condition is a vital consideration in the totex equation for pumping assets, and water utilities... Read More >
- Why do motors fail? Pump motors can run for half a century if they are properly maintained, writes Dave Hawley Read More >
- Becoming a smart pump buyer When specifying a new pumping system, asset owners need to be able to answer key questions about their requirements,... Read More >
- Dewatering pump maintenance: Keep moving Maintaining your dewatering pumps goes a long way, writes Joe Moser, pump product manager, Atlas Copco Construction... Read More >
- Offsite build for Affinity pumping station Taking a pioneering new approach to a borehole pumping station upgrade in Essex, Affinity Water minimised asset downtime... Read More >