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Work on the building close to Morden Station, in

South Wimbledon, included cladding the external

walls in plastic panels and waterproofing the roof.

London Underground awarded Lanes the six-

figure contract, by competitive tender, under its

planned and reactive civils’ maintenance pro-

gramme for bridges and structures.

The eight-week refurbishment project has dra-

matically changed the look of the pump

house, which takes water from the

Tube track, six metres below ground-

level, up into the surface water drain-

age system.

London Underground Client Repre-

sentative Babajide Oriogun said:

“This pump house is a unique

facility. There is nothing else quite

like it on the London Underground


When itwasbuilt, visual amen-

ity was clearly not a priority. The

work done by Lanes has protected

and upgraded the building, and has

improved its looks greatly, which is

what we set out to achieve.”

Lanes Rail Division Project Manager

Steve Demwell said that the building

was looking very tired and drab: with

its new blue and white cladding it is

now looking neat and bright.

To do the work required a full free-

standing scaffold which had to be con-

structed 300 mm from the building, so

the cladding team could work on the

structure without hindrance.

The new skin is designed to be easy

to clean and the cladding panels are

replaceable as necessary to maintain


Other work carried out as part of

the project included installing guard

rails on the roof and a roof access cat

ladder with a safety fall cage.

Steve Demwell said:

“The project was completed on time and on

budget, and has really improved that was

an eyesore. There is no doubt local residents

will be pleased with the results.”

Lane’s Group


Transforms Unique

Rail Pump House

Lanes Group’s Rail Division has refurbished a

“unique” drainage pump house at end of the

Northern Line in South London, transforming what

had become a local eyesore.

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