Restoration of a grade-II listed industrial building in the city of Hull – The ABP Pump House – is one of only two to have won a ‘Good Mark’ from Hull Civic Society last year.
The efforts of ABP, A Torn Construction and Hull City Council, who collaboratively brought the building back to life. Only two buildings in the city last year – Central Fire Station and The Hideout Apartment Hotel – were given the society’s stamp of approval with the highly-prized ’Good Mark’.
The Victorian building is filled with original features restored thanks to a £1.1m grant from Hull City Council. Designers and contractors, ABP, and A Torn Construction, led an extensive 10-month refurbishment project, including works such as a new roof, sash windows and brickwork repairs.
Since the refurbishment was completed in February 2017, the building has been a central historic hub, welcoming over 2,500 visitors for a pop-up Pump House Gallery.
“This important piece of Hull’s maritime history, juxtaposed against modern day with Siemens Gamesa on its doorstep, is vital to preserve for future generations to learn about the past workings of the port,” said Chris Green, ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole.
“It’s fantastic that our joint conservation efforts have been recognised and we’re proud to have been able to share this atmospheric building with the rest of the city.”
The ABP Pump House was a key piece of port infrastructure built in 1885 as it was vital in hydraulically powering the opening of the lock gates on Alexandra Dock. The lock gates are essential in ensuring the correct water level in the dock.
John Scotney, Chairman of the Hull Civic Society, said: “The ‘Good Mark’ recognises the high-quality design of buildings, old or new, which enhance the environment and improves quality of life for the people of Hull.
“Industrial buildings are often over-looked, but this is a stunning example which has been restored back to life incorporating many original features including overhead cranes.”