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Restoration Works at Eastney Pumping Station

They don't make them like this anymore! That's what makes restoration and heritage work like this important.

Eastney Pumping Station was the first sewage pumping station site in Portsmouth. It was constructed to address the growing health concerns associated with raw sewage, open sewers and the growing population of Portsea Island. The site is comprised of several separate buildings, dating from between 1868 and 1905 and is a listed Scheduled Ancient Monument. In addition, Eastney Beam Engine Museum, the Old Engine House, Gas Engine House and Chimney are Grade 2 listed. Hi-Tech were called in when the building was noted as worn down and desperately in need of careful restoration work. 

The Requirements

The work involved a comprehensive range of tasks aimed at preserving the architectural heritage of the site. We were glad to be restoring it to its former glory for use as a museum and event space.  

Various works were undertaken primarily to the Old Engine House and Toilet Block, with less extensive works to the Beam Engine Museum, Gas Engine House and Cooling Pond. This included meticulous repointing of brickwork and stonework, as well as the cleaning of stone cornice detailing. We also carried out critical stone repairs to address structural vulnerabilities. Additionally, lead-lined perimeter gutters were inspected and cleared, and salvaged slates were used for reslating, incorporating leadwork for added durability. 

The Requirements​

The work involved a comprehensive range of tasks aimed at preserving the architectural heritage of the site. We were glad to be restoring it to its former glory for use as a museum and event space.  

Various works were undertaken primarily to the Old Engine House and Toilet Block, with less extensive works to the Beam Engine Museum, Gas Engine House and Cooling Pond. This included meticulous repointing of brickwork and stonework, as well as the cleaning of stone cornice detailing. We also carried out critical stone repairs to address structural vulnerabilities. Additionally, lead-lined perimeter gutters were inspected and cleared, and salvaged slates were used for reslating, incorporating leadwork for added durability. 

Detailing the Work​

Structural restoration included the replacement of defective concrete lintels and cills, as well as the installation of replacement entrance doors and glazing for improved security and energy efficiency. Traditional building techniques such as lime plaster application were employed. Additionally, we conducted minor electrical works to modernise infrastructure while respecting historical character. 

Safety measures were enhanced with additional guardrails installed within the basement area, and the refurbishment of the toilet block ensured modern amenities while preserving historical charm. Cleaning out filth hoist chambers, refurbishing railings around the Cooling Pond, and fabricating fence panels contributed to both aesthetics and functionality. 

Finally, security fencing and gates were installed to protect the site’s historical treasures, ensuring their preservation for future generations. 

Detailing the Work

Structural restoration included the replacement of defective concrete lintels and cills, as well as the installation of replacement entrance doors and glazing for improved security and energy efficiency. Traditional building techniques such as lime plaster application were employed. Additionally, we conducted minor electrical works to modernise infrastructure while respecting historical character. 

Safety measures were enhanced with additional guardrails installed within the basement area, and the refurbishment of the toilet block ensured modern amenities while preserving historical charm. Cleaning out filth hoist chambers, refurbishing railings around the Cooling Pond, and fabricating fence panels contributed to both aesthetics and functionality. 

Finally, security fencing and gates were installed to protect the site’s historical treasures, ensuring their preservation for future generations. 

The site is now able to be used again for purposes well beyond its original design after this vital restoration. We know our operatives took the time and care the Pumping Station needed and we’re proud to say it has been restored to look just as new.

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Let’s start a conversation

Starting a new construction project, want more information on our PPM services, or perhaps just looking for a handyman for your commercial property?

Call 01329 287 626 7am – 5pm Monday – Friday for a conversation with someone straight away, or email us at enquiries@hi-techproperties.co.uk