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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1376745



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: Bury

District Type: Metropolitan Authority


National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 15-Apr-1998

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 469118

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SD 80 NW 326-0/8/10030

HEYWOOD ROAD Heaton Park Reservoir Pumping Station


Pumping station. 1954-5 by the Manchester City Architect's Department, Chief Architect Leonard C Howitt, for the Manchester Corporation Waterworks. Alan Atkinson, engineer. Incorporates large relief by Mitzi Cunliffe, signed and dated 1955. Yorkshire sandstone, with Westmorland greenstone from Broughton Moor used as relief. Roof not seen above dentiled overhang. Small square building housing pumps. Carved relief is a highly stylised depiction of the bringing of water from Haweswater to Manchester with contemporary figures supporting the pipeline and a curious flat relief designed to be seen from below. It was designed to commemorate those who constructed it as well as the origin and course of the aqueduct. Beneath it five plaques tell the history of the Haweswater supply. The pumping station reached via steps to either side behind short flanked walls topped with contemporary railings and pylon lights, and entered through five-part timber folding doors. Completely preserved interior fully lined in beige marble, with contrasting green marble skirting continued as door surround. Behind the Cunliffe mural is a wood relief section in sycamore depicting the 82 mile route of the pipe. Other joinery of teak. Original control system with cast iron valves and built-in electric fires with decorated grilles. The bringing of water to Manchester from a new reservoir at Haweswater was a major undertaking which cost £14,000,000. The sectional relief plan and the mural were conceived as part of the original brief to give a 'monumental' character to the city's remarkable achievement. Included as a remarkable synthesis of architectural design and fine sculpture, with the dominance of the latter in this tiny building. The building materials and the reliefs are all symbolic of the achievement in bringing of water from the Lake District to Manchester.

Listing NGR: SD8227605056

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National Grid Reference: SD 82276 05056


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