Alan Johnson has paid a visit to Springhead pumping station in Willerby. The Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle Member of Parliament dropped in to see how its restoration to its former glory was going.
Yorkshire Water recently poured an investment of £2.6 million into this very important asset which is responsible for the production of a third of East Riding and Hull’s daily water supply. The pumping station was opened way back in 1862.
York-based William Birch & Sons were contracted to carry out the refurbishment work at the building, over a period of twelve months. It is indeed a Grade Two listed building and the building renovation specialists have more than 100 years of experience in restoring some of the most historic and treasured buildings in the country.
A meeting took place between Mr Johnson and Nevil Muncaster, Director of Asset Management for Yorkshire Water, enjoying a tour of the building.
He took a look at the improvements made to the structure and the roof, so too some of the attention given to the external appearance of the building. This included a 4,500-metre repointing job as well as 4,200 bricks.
Alan Johnson MP said “Springhead pumping station has a fascinating history. Not many people have the opportunity to visit so I was pleased to be able to look round and find out more about the site. I was very impressed with the care Yorkshire Water has taken in restoring the Grade Two listed building. I am pleased that the pumping station is able to fulfil its purpose of providing Hull with drinking water whilst maintaining such an historic building.”