London Open House: Royal Docks Pumping Station

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London Open House: Royal Docks Pumping Station

Part of this years 800+ buildings taking part in Open House London 2019. This is a unique chance to see inside and learn all about the history of the Royal Docks Pumping Station.

Built in 1912, the Pumping Station is a key infrastructure facility serving to impound water from the River Thames helping to maintain the water level within the docks.

The station impounds water from the River Thames at Gallions Reach using pumps weighing circa 17 tonnes, each having a flow capacity of 7150 litres a second through 70-inch pipes. To put this into perspective, with all four pumps running they would fill an Olympic swimming pool in 1.5 minutes.

This event is drop-in and no booking is required.

Time & date

Sat 21 & Sun 22 Sept
10am - 4pm


Shackleton Way, Royal Docks, London, E16 2JQ


Free, no booking required

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