Lopwell Dam Visitors Centre, Plymouth
Conversion of the disused pump house at Lopwell Dam into a visitors’ centre, including exhibition space and tea room.
The project was completed on time and within budget.
The internal fit-out included:
- Pump equipment area: One of the conditions of the build was to provide a bat roost and this was constructed in the roof void. A bat loft was designed specifically to accommodate various species of bats and even has its own heater.
- Kitchenette: The existing floor was completely rotten so was removed and a new floor constructed. The area was separated into various spaces and a new storage area and the kiosk and kitchenette areas were formed. New serving hatch installed.
- WC: new facilities were plumbed in.
- Lifting beams, chains and pulleys: The design specified that the existing equipment should be retained so we replaced the ceiling around this feature, made the walls good and installed lights.
- Viewing screens: We installed hardwood, double glazed units to see the original workings of the pump house. The screens also provided additional warmth, security and a better view of the river.
The external fit-out included:
- New windows and doors
- New disabled access ramp and hand-railings
- Metal fence and gate for security
- Installation of a new foul water drainage system
- General clean up of the outside of the building
- Conversion from pumphouse to visitor centre
- Client – South West Lakes Trust
- Completion – April 2011
- Value – £153,000