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This bright and cheerful structure is actually a series of storm-water pumping stations, required as part of the development of London Docklands.

The buildings are effectively containers for pumping machinery and therefore durability and security are the principal requirements but the practice has imbued a sense of joy into an otherwise very practical project.

Most of the machinery is 25 m below ground level. The main structure is of blue painted concrete – one circular drum placed concentrically within the radius of another. The curtain walls of the outer circle are made of translucent polycarbonate, providing a view of the ‘keep’ within this 20th century industrial castle.

The form of this building was generated through the close collaboration between architect and the engineer, Halcrow & Partners. The end result clearly expresses the nature of the operations performed within, while at the same time celebrates our great Victorian engineering tradition.

This bright and cheerful structure is actually a series of storm-water pumping stations, required as part of the development of London Docklands.

The buildings are effectively containers for pumping machinery and therefore durability and security are the principal requirements but the practice has imbued a sense of joy into an otherwise very practical project.

Most of the machinery is 25 m below ground level. The main structure is of blue painted concrete – one circular drum placed concentrically within the radius of another. The curtain walls of the outer circle are made of translucent polycarbonate, providing a view of the ‘keep’ within this 20th century industrial castle.

The form of this building was generated through the close collaboration between architect and the engineer, Halcrow & Partners. The end result clearly expresses the nature of the operations performed within, while at the same time celebrates our great Victorian engineering tradition.

This bright and cheerful structure is actually a series of storm-water pumping stations, required as part of the development of London Docklands.

The buildings are effectively containers for pumping machinery and therefore durability and security are the principal requirements but the practice has imbued a sense of joy into an otherwise very practical project.

Most of the machinery is 25 m below ground level. The main structure is of blue painted concrete – one circular drum placed concentrically within the radius of another. The curtain walls of the outer circle are made of translucent polycarbonate, providing a view of the ‘keep’ within this 20th century industrial castle.

The form of this building was generated through the close collaboration between architect and the engineer, Halcrow & Partners. The end result clearly expresses the nature of the operations performed within, while at the same time celebrates our great Victorian engineering tradition.

This bright and cheerful structure is actually a series of storm-water pumping stations, required as part of the development of London Docklands.

The buildings are effectively containers for pumping machinery and therefore durability and security are the principal requirements but the practice has imbued a sense of joy into an otherwise very practical project.

Most of the machinery is 25 m below ground level. The main structure is of blue painted concrete – one circular drum placed concentrically within the radius of another. The curtain walls of the outer circle are made of translucent polycarbonate, providing a view of the ‘keep’ within this 20th century industrial castle.

The form of this building was generated through the close collaboration between architect and the engineer, Halcrow & Partners. The end result clearly expresses the nature of the operations performed within, while at the same time celebrates our great Victorian engineering tradition.

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    Awards
  • 1992  Constructa Preis

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Team

Brian Bell
Paul Cook
Mike Davies
Wiliam Firebrace

Marco Goldschmeid
Tim Inskip
Amarjit Kalsi
Maralyn Lai

Werner Lang
Richard Rogers
John Sorcinelli
John Young

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Date
1987-1988

Client
LDDC/Sir William Halcrow & Partners

Location
London, UK

Site Area
850 m²

Structural Engineer
Sir William Halcrow & Partners

Services Engineer
Sir William Halcrow & Partners

Contractor
Nuttall