A project to breathe new life into the Grade II Listed Soulbury Three Locks Pumping Station, located along the Grand Union Canal in Buckinghamshire, is a step closer after winning initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We've been awarded £8,000 to develop our plans to restore this historic building for future generations, as well as finding a new use for it.
Soulbury Three Locks Pumping Station plays a vital role in keeping the Grand Union Canal open and is one of a series located along the Grand Union Canal.
The pumps, which are located under the building, recycle water back up to the highest point at Tring. Without these pumps the canal would run out of water during the busy summer boating season.
James Clifton, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “This is great news and takes us one step closer towards safeguarding this superb example of canal heritage. Soulbury Three Locks Pumping Station is part of the history of our canal system, so it’s important that we protect this wonderful building for future generations.
"The grant will not only allow us to develop the project, but would also give us the opportunity to engage local people and businesses and find a new use for this waterway gem.”
The project will also provide training opportunities for heritage skills apprentices, working along the waterways, to learn new skills in the areas of historic carpentry, lime mortars, stone masonry and historic brickwork.