A few weeks back I took a tour of the Rossdale plant and pump houses. I was struck by the deceptively large scale of the buildings, as well as the scale of the challenge. The generator hall is a beautiful open space with lots of light and clear potential. The boiler hall, which is the taller space on the west side is much more of a challenge – full of structural steel, the roof is failing, there is much less light, and the pigeons have thoroughly infiltrated it.
The pump houses are interesting, but are structurally complex (they go down several storeys) and the older one is also deteriorating because the roof is failing.
So the question comes before Executive Committee today – what to do with this site and buildings?