The Pump House
Battersea Park, London SW11
Civic Trust Commendation awarded for a contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment.
Set on a promontory overlooking the fifteen acre boating lake, the Grade II listed Pump House was built in 1861 as part of the original plan for Battersea Park and functioned to supply the artificial lakeside cascades. By the end of the second world war all machinery had been stripped out and for nearly half a century it lay as an empty and roofless shell.
Within a strict three month winter contract, Triton implemented a comprehensive external refurbishment programme including substantial additional works. Of the 10 separate trades involved it was the manufacture and fixing of hardwood joinery that proved to be the most demanding. This was due to the design for the new doors and windows having to be reproduced from a Victorian engraving.
The surrounding area was completed with reproduction Victorian planting and landscaping schemes. The Pump House now forms a showcase for a permanent display on the history of the park, with an education centre and art gallery on the upper floors.
The Pump House now provides an excellent summer venue for the barbeque reception after the Triton annual five-a-side football competition.
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