The Crossness Engines Trust is a registered charity, set up in 1987 with the aim of restoring the Crossness Pumping Station, a former sewage pumping station built by Engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The pumping station represents a unique part of Britain’s industrial heritage and an outstanding example of Victorian engineering.
Students designed different projects which re-imagined the role of the Thames in London’s future connecting with the pioneering spirit of Sir Joseph Bazalgette. The exhibition presented a long table/map of the Thames from Tower Bridge to the estuary, made entirely from recycle-able cardboard. The locations of students’ projects for man-made ‘Urban Islands’ in the River Thames were indicated on this map and visitors were invited to pick up and look at fold out summaries of each of the 20 student schemes.
Ben Stringer, Senior Lecturer from the DS12 architecture Studio who organised the students’ involvement, said: “Crossness Pumping station is a superb example of Victorian engineering and architecture and a hugely important project in the history of London's infrastructure. It is being slowly and painstakingly restored by a brilliant team of expert volunteers. Petra Cox, the project's dynamic Learning and Outreach Officer, originally contacted us, because she is making universities and schools more aware of the significance to London of Crossness and its designer Sir Joseph Bazalgette.”
Westminster History and Policy Professor Peter Paul Catterall, who secured a £1.5m grant extension from the Heritage Lottery Fund in April 2015 for Crossness Engines Trust charity, has now been appointed Chair of Crossness Engines Trust.