Industry => Waterworks => Topic started by: merc on July 29, 2008, 16:54:20

Title: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: merc on July 29, 2008, 16:54:20
2 films about The Brook Pumping Station at Chatham.

http://cityark.medway.gov.uk/query/results/?images_dir=%2Fcityark%2FScans%2FZ4c_Medway_MovieBase%2FZ4c_MovieBase_08.html&image_file=Z4c_Medway_MovieBase%2FZ4c_MovieBase_08.html&Mode=View+Images
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on August 06, 2008, 14:13:47
If anyone has any questions about the Brook Pumping Station I have been a volunteer there for the past 22 years...........
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on August 06, 2008, 21:29:49
all the info you need at
www.oldbrookpumping.co.uk (http://www.oldbrookpumping.co.uk)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: merc on August 06, 2008, 22:08:47
Welcome Ktg :)

Do you know if the blocked tunnel entrance on Chatham Hill near Luton Arches has got anything to do with the original Brook/Old Bourne River etc ?

I saw that sewage was pumped up Chatham Hill and i thought it might have been an old access tunnel or something.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on August 07, 2008, 12:45:20
I know the tunnel you mean, but its not marked on any of the sewer maps, so I would guess not. The Bourne ended up becoming the main sewer line from Luton, being brick lined. The sewer up Chatham Hill carries on all the way to Motney Hill pumping station, with gravity taking over once the sludge got up the top of the hill.

Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on October 24, 2008, 12:03:32
Please Note : The Old Brook Pumping Station in Chatham will be closed until further notice
(few building structural problems!)

Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: merc on October 24, 2008, 12:12:49
That's a shame Ktg.
I never did get around to going inside...despite always going past it o:)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on October 24, 2008, 13:43:28
As merc says, thats a shame!  Any idea how long the works are going to take or if they will be completed?
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on October 24, 2008, 13:52:08
Cant say until a proper survey is done, involving digging trenches etc.
(cant wait to see the spoil coming out those trenches!)

Best case scenario, building is proped up and underpinning etc, open by the end of the year,
worse case is a rebuild !, with money and time etc it wont be happening soon  :'(
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on October 24, 2008, 13:54:44
I hope it doesn't need a rebuild or anything else that will make it all comlicated!  I look forward to seeing any finds from the trenches  :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on March 08, 2009, 14:28:07
 :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on March 08, 2009, 16:12:49
where did you get them Kyn? (Ive been after the flywheel pic!)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on March 08, 2009, 16:17:23
Originals can be found at the Royal Engineers Library  ;)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on March 17, 2009, 14:45:29
Any more news on this Karlostg?
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on June 07, 2009, 23:07:36
Its been decided (with English Heritage) that the best action is to stabilise the building and make good the cracks etc rather than a rebuild.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on June 08, 2009, 15:23:05
(http://www.kent100.co.uk/medmatters.jpg)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on September 23, 2009, 10:23:31
Sorry about the quality, taken in the dark on a camera phone

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/Pumping%20Station/1.jpg)

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/Pumping%20Station/2.jpg)

Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: numanfan on September 23, 2009, 11:11:10
Karlostg, are the pictures demonstrating that repair work has begun or that it needs to get started urgently?
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on September 23, 2009, 11:24:22
Up until yesterday (and for the past 11 months, since the council closed the building to the public) the wall has been gradually falling outwards and has been un-supported. The supports were put in yesterday (23/09/09) to prevent any further movement , hopefully the repair work will start soon.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: numanfan on September 23, 2009, 11:28:32
Lets hope they haven't left it too long, we don't want to lose another fine & historic building.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kevin9522 on September 23, 2009, 15:38:54
I used to work for the company who supplied that equipment,
It's good that they are starting work, Although could always be temporary to prevent further damage while they put out tenders for it.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on September 23, 2009, 19:47:20
Yes, it is something like that Kevin9522, tenders are supposed to go out this month, but it is Medway council..................
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on December 13, 2009, 16:39:57
The foundation work was due to be done in December, this has now been delayed until mid January and is expected to take 4 weeks.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on January 12, 2010, 15:52:10
erm... Delayed yet again. Now 1st of Feb.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on February 03, 2010, 10:09:17
Please to say that work on site has now started - contractors on site for the next 4 weeks.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: merc on February 03, 2010, 12:10:34
Great Karlos.

Hope it all goes well.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on February 10, 2010, 09:56:38
The original foundations for the front of the building , go down just about 1 foot!  - I will post a pic later in the week.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: numanfan on February 10, 2010, 09:58:06
The buildings done well to last this long then!
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on February 27, 2010, 19:54:44
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/pumpingstation-27-02-2010/pumpingstationpilingandadmiralst-3.jpg)

A very impressive amount of scaffolding and props!
Piling work started (and still moving!)

more pics at http://s824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/pumpingstation-27-02-2010/ (http://s824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/pumpingstation-27-02-2010/)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on February 27, 2010, 20:18:11
That looks really bad, I hope they can stabilise it soon!
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on March 28, 2010, 12:49:17
Work still going, on - heres a few of the piling - next stage is to cast a concrete in the ditch to tie the original foundations to the piles.

(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/pumping%20station%2027-03-10/nokiapics182.jpg)
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/pumping%20station%2027-03-10/nokiapics184.jpg)
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/pumping%20station%2027-03-10/tminbooklaunch004.jpg)
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/pumping%20station%2027-03-10/tminbooklaunch010.jpg)
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/pumping%20station%2027-03-10/nokiapics187.jpg)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on September 18, 2010, 20:06:26
Just an update.

The next phase is due to start in the next few weeks after consultations with English Heritage, which will involve the winding down of the supports and monitoring any movement, filling in the gaps with matching brickwork, tying the stonework back into the building, and rebuilding the porch roof and all the plastering etc inside.

Some scrotes broke into the place last night smashing open cupboards and generally making a mess. Also went through the first aid box and stole a few quid donations, probably druggies. Hardly seems worth their while with the amount of damage they've caused.  Still top marks to Medway CSI (ok I know its Forensics but it doesnt sound as swish) who arrived just over 1 hour after reporting it.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on September 18, 2010, 21:43:55
Thank you for the update, it is a shame that people feel the need to damage things without reason!  It is also a shame that charities then have to find the money to replace or repair the damage caused!
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on December 16, 2010, 15:10:30
The building is now apparantly stable again, and despite outside appearances the top part has been tied back into the main building. The next phase is to repair all the actual damage internally and externally. The gaps will be filled using matching brick fillets and mortar, all subject to English Heritage approval etc.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on December 17, 2010, 09:02:23
Good to hear the damage has now been stablised, looking forward to a look around once the work has been finished  :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: farthingcornerservices on June 12, 2011, 23:07:37
That 13 tonne roller was located in the playground opposite the old BP petrol station at Darnley Road, Strood.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on November 11, 2011, 14:19:57
The next phase of works has started, the roof has been made watertight now and the crack filled in with matched bricks. The photo shows the work last week, where the crack was chased out ready for new bricks to go in.
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/Pumping%20Station/bpsnov2011.jpg)

The next phase is internal repairs to the plasterwork and flooring, and external landscaping, however none of this will prevent us re-opening to the public soon. (Subject to a massive cleaning up operation and H&S etc)

Will take another photo of the completed brickwork tomorrow.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: Leofwine on November 11, 2011, 15:18:31
It is good to see this lovely historic building being repaired and great news that it will hopefully re-open soon.

Is it just me that finds it slightly ironic that the subsidence that damaged the building may well have been caused by the very thing the building prevented all its working life?
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on November 14, 2011, 15:43:13
I will post more when we have a date to work towards.
The brickwork has been completed, not looking too bad now.
(http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz164/karlosthegiraffe/Pumping%20Station/bpsafterrepairs.jpg)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on August 20, 2012, 12:21:52
After many years of being a building site The Old Brook Pumping Station has finally reopened to the public.

There is still much work to be done, but the doors are open again with revised opening times.

June to End of September - SATURDAYS 11am to 3pm
October to End of May - FIRST SATURDAY of the month ONLY

Admission is FREE

Other times are available for group visits, eg Schools, Scouts, Local History groups etc etc
Contact 01634 842059 during opening times or email miag@oldbrookpumping.co.uk
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on August 25, 2012, 17:44:41
Come and have a look!  You might catch me weeding in the grounds :)

Everyone is very friendly and are willing to tell you about the pumping station, pop in and say hi!
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on September 08, 2012, 22:19:09
Was great to see two of our members pop in today :)  Hope you both enjoyed your visit!
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: sharmuk on September 08, 2012, 23:28:20
Certainly did. :-) Our thanks to you, Karlostg and all the others who worked to make the event..
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on September 09, 2012, 08:42:09
 :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on September 10, 2012, 11:32:50
Certainly did. :-) Our thanks to you, KarlosTG and all the others who worked to make the event..
Thanks, it was good to see the place full of people again.

The Pumping Station will still be open every Saturday for the rest of September, then the first Saturday of the month over the winter. But if you want to see the engine running make sure you visit in the next 3 weeks as it becomes harder to start in the cold (its diesel and no pre-heating)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on October 08, 2012, 12:07:44
A couple of pictures looking at the walkway in the water tank below the building.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on October 08, 2012, 19:37:30
A couple of above ground pictures too.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: isleansuz on November 26, 2012, 13:52:00
Just  quick Q..
Would anyone be able to provide a "blue print" of the place? I'm rather interested in this venue all of a sudden after I keep going past it on the way in to town :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on November 26, 2012, 14:14:50
There are blueprints on display at the pumping station. Why not visit to have a look?

June - end of September - Saturday 11am - 3 pm
October - end of May - First Saturday of the month only 11 am - 3 pm
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: isleansuz on November 26, 2012, 14:50:18
:) Excellent plug there Karlostg XD
1st of Dec for the next open day yes?
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on November 26, 2012, 16:11:57
:) Excellent plug there Karlostg XD
1st of Dec for the next open day yes?
Yep, the 1st of Dec  :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: isleansuz on December 01, 2012, 14:25:54
Had a nice little visit there this morning :)

It's a lot smaller than I thought it would have been for some reason, but the pump engines do take up a decent 1/3rd of the ground floor space there, with displays filling the remainder and no public access to the lower areas.
Found out from Kyn that it's still an active pump house occasionally as well, which I would never have guessed, and that in the summer months one of the big pumps/engines is started up (Though its veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery smelly XD).
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on December 01, 2012, 16:35:27
It was nice to meet you finally :)

Yes storm water still fills the tank but takes some time before it is full enough to pump out so the stagnant water smells a bit when it is disturbed by the pumps.  Still it is good to see it all work :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: cliveh on September 14, 2013, 16:10:40
Congratulations to all the hard working volunteers here - they're doing a great job!

A few photos from a visit today:


cliveh
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on September 14, 2013, 17:09:09
It was good to see you down there today, and it meant I could put off my jobs for a little while :)

Is anyone coming down tomorrow?  We are open from 11-3!
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on March 02, 2014, 21:19:20
Haywood Tyler & Co. hot air engine.  Half HP. 7 bore x 9 stroke.

At 120 RPM it will deliver 720 gallons of water per hour, it was originally installed in a brewery at Wateringbury in 1898.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: karlostg on March 04, 2014, 08:48:50
Its actually a Hayward Tyler - the sign is wrong :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: kyn on March 04, 2014, 11:37:27
Maybe it is time to get the sign changed then :)
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: 80sChild on April 17, 2018, 21:51:14
I have some photos of a Open Day they had back in the 1990s.

The date on the back says 18th June 1994.

http://imgbox.com/8gsSpilg

http://imgbox.com/ncoS5WFk

http://imgbox.com/7F2WCjYa

http://imgbox.com/UiDxfYL4

http://imgbox.com/dw5XNZjq

http://imgbox.com/OrtAZwdt

http://imgbox.com/gQLMovGC

http://imgbox.com/945R5MHj

I had to reduce the original size slightly to make them fit though.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: smiler on April 18, 2018, 15:41:40
    I was a motor mechanic working for Barnes & Brooker in the 60's and I remember going here a few times for one thing or another, but what I do recall was one of the workers there. possibly the boss man had a model T Ford which we had in the garage one time.
    It was probably when the MOT first came about. It was definately not black as Mr Ford said they should be but green and yellow if memory serves me right. It had a string to pull where a hand came up to signal turning a corner, just wondering if anyone ever remembers it.
Title: Re: Brook Pumping Station,Chatham
Post by: conan on April 18, 2018, 19:53:35
The idea that all model T cars were black is a total misnomer,the original ones were due to the simple fact that black paint dried quicker.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20030616/SUB/306160713/model-t-had-many-shades;-black-dried-fastest