Peak Railway Association Funded Water Tower at Rowsley

May 10th 2023

Work started at Rowsley on May 3rd for the excavation for the foundations.

The hole for the foundation was dug in a morning. A service duct was installed for the mains water supply and marker pegs installed to get the correct depth on stone. Eight 1 tonne bags of Type 1 MOT stone was levelled and compacted, but we soon realised that more would be required.

This brought an end to the first day, thanks to Mick, Clive, David and Martyn with his telehandler.

Second day Tuesday May 9th.

With another 5 bags of stone delivered and the hire of the vibration plate collected by Harvey, the team completed the stone layer for the foundation.

The foundation design was specified by our structural engineer. The steel reinforcement was ordered a few weeks ago and was installed on 50mm concrete spacers. The shuttering was installed and the boards backfilled.

The next stage is to install the hold down bolts in the steel reinforcement and get the concrete poured.

During a lunch break one of the team asked how much it had cost and did we get any quotes for labour. The team over 2 days work have saved almost £3000 in labour costs. All materials used so far have been sourced from within 20 miles of Rowsley which is in line with our policy using local suppliers.