An Amazing Transformation That Gives Back to the Community

When done well, industrial heritage renovation projects can give so much back to the community. This was the state of the office at Sandfields Pumping Station in 2017 when the trust was granted a licence to enter the building to do some very basic renovation work.

The Office in 2017

The site has been neglected since 2005 and following several incident of metal thefts from the roof, unauthorised entry and vandalism, the office ended up looking like this.

For years un-cared for and for years un-loved.

Fortunately, the volunteers were able to see the potential opportunities of this room and what it could give back. They rised to the challenge. They could see opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, work with others and engage with the community.

It was thier way to give something back and make things better for others.

Our volunteers are not paid, they are priceless

You will agree, the transformation is astounding. A whole team of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in. This was a team effort of individuals coming together to create a stunningly beautiful multipurpose room that will give a benefit to the communty for years to come.


A stunningly beautiful multipurpose room that will give a benefit to the community for years to come

There is still some work to complete, lighting, heating, overhead projector and screen. The team have successfully raised funds with a grant from the Millennium Point Foundation to install the new sub-mains. The teams will also be working with apprentices from Dudley College, to share their skills with young people.

This project will enable these young people to showcase their newly learned skills on a heritage building, that in time, they can show to their children and grandchildren.

This is a small part of a significant project that will see opportunity for all, potential fulfilled and talent fully utilised. So, how much will this fully equipped beautiful multipurpose room cost to hire?

Here at the Lichfield Waterworks Trust, money will never be a barrier to opportunity. So, all we ask is that you take what you need and give what you can, a donation will be fine.

About morturn

Historian – Photographer – Filmmaker Retired construction professional with a passion for public, social and industrial history. I believe in equality, dignity and integrity for all. Don’t like people who try to belittle the ambitions of others. I am of the opinion that my now life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.
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2 Responses to An Amazing Transformation That Gives Back to the Community

  1. Pat Wilson says:

    The restored office looks so good. Are the archived documents going there?

    • morturn says:

      As you know, there is also a vast archive with South Staffs that hold all of the working drawing and employee records along with lots of photos of historic Lichfield. We may place some documentation in there but are also planning on building a proper archive room above the air tank too as a study room for educational use.

      Thanks for your help with this project too.

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