Stonbury are immensely proud to be supporting our clients across the UK at such a crucial time and have been designated as 'key workers' by DEFRA and the UK water utility companies. Our teams are working tirelessly to help secure and maintain drinking water supplies, ensuring clean and safe drinking water is provided without interruption to critical services such as our hospitals as well as the general public. Now more than ever, the safety and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance and we have adapted our safe working practices to ensure social distancing precautions are in place and that the correct hygiene practices are being followed. Making safety is our priority, and we endeavour to make sure everyone at Stonbury goes home safe to their family.
Before works could begin, several trees close to the Grade II listed structure were carefully removed, and the works area was drained down. The old bar screen, sluice gates and walkways were then carefully removed, along with large amounts of silt and debris, allowing access into and around the pump house.
One of the three old water turbines, dating back to the early 1900s, was also removed to allow access to the two-storey undercroft and tailrace. The mechanical equipment which was removed has been set aside to form part of a new heritage exhibition planned for the pumping station.
Sections of the existing internal walls and floors were demolished, and new reinforced concrete walls and floors were constructed below the old building. The new walls will form the fish pass which will eventually allow migrating fish to bypass Crumpwood Weir.
Through careful design, two of the three pumps can still be used once the pumps have been refurbished as part of a future project.
On completion of the rebar, shuttering and concreting works, a steel frame for the new bar screen was installed, along with the two new sluices, used to control the flows through the building. Steel walkways with hand railings were also installed to provide safe access when inspections and maintenance works are required.
Fabricated fish baffles were laid inside the newly formed channel, forming areas of turbulent and still water to create an aquatic ladder and provide access for fish above the weir.
Following an inspection of the works, the downstream cofferdam was fully removed, and the existing upstream bank was excavated to allow the river to run back under the structure and through the newly created fish pass.