The Pumphouse, Pimlico District Heating Undertaking
I was heading to a pub… I meant to say back to the tube station and home. I had finally visited Battersea Power Station and I was content and happy with with things, with life! I knew there were other places to visit in the area that were part of the Open House London event, but I felt visiting anything else after the iconic power station would be an anti climax. I was wrong, the Pumphouse, Pimlico District Heating Undertaking was definitely an interesting and enjoyable place to wander around!
Intially the only reason I visited the Pumphouse was because I wanted to check out the view of Battersea Power Station from the top of the 39 metre tall Accumulator. However there was tons more to see.
The Pumphouse provides low carbon heating to Pimlico from combined heat and power engines and has the UK’s largest thermal store. The PDHU provides heating and hot water services to 3,256 homes, 50 commercial premises and 3 schools via 5 km of heating mains. the big tower, the Accumulator which is 9 meters in diameter and is 39 metres high contains 2,500,00 literes of water at temperatures ranging from 50 deg C to 95 deg C. The climb up all those step ladders was most definitely worth the effort…
Because I can’t be bothered… because I’m a lazy – fu**** – blogger here is the link to the PDHU fact sheet, which will tell you all about it in much more detail.
The Pumphouse Pictures:
The Pumphouse really was a great place to explore and the views from the top of the Accumulator were nae too bad!