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Westford Pumping Station

Wellington, Somerset

Following the auction by Wessex Water of this impressive historic water supply pumping station and associated keepers cottage, we were approached by the new owners to develop a plan to extend and renovate the existing accommodation. 

The pumping station was built in the late 1800s and initially powered by gas engines, later being replaced with steam engines. With the requirement to have an attendant on site at all times a cottage was constructed in around 1913. With a striking flemish bond brickwork and yellow soldier lintels and bands it makes for an interesting project. The render top half had clearly been added later and being in the ownership of Wessex Water some modern additions such as the upvc guttering require improvement. 

The existing accommodation would have been a good size in 1913 but falls short of modern family living. Our client purchased the site in order to maintain the pumping station and its historic equipment, but the keepers’ accommodation needed to be extended to allow them to move as a family to the site. As a Grade II Listed site we instigated the pre-application process with Somerset West & Taunton Council, developed a scheme that had strong design connections to the existing cottage but twisted the material choice to make a clear definition from the old to the new. Modern glazed openings featuring industrial Crittal style aluminium french doors and new aluminium heritage aluminium windows throughout. Block & beam floors complement the existing timber floating floors. Specifications included detailed setting out of the proposal following the flemish brickwork bond pattern and dimensions. 

Date: Planning Received December 2020, Construction Underway

Client: Private

Status: Construction

Location: Wellington, Somerset

Services: Measured Building Survey, Architectural Design, Pre-Application Process, Planning & Listed Applications, Building Regulation Package

Project Team: re:DSGN Ltd [Architectural Design], JRC Consulting Engineers Ltd [Chartered Structural Engineers], Somerset Building Control Partnership [Building Control]