Old Ford Water Recycling Plant

Lyall Bills & Young Architects, Stratford, London, 2011


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Ground-water pumping station to supply the toilets of the Media Centre, the Handball Arena and Eton Manor and irrigate green spaces in the Olympic park

The plant takes raw sewage from the Northern Outfall Sewer and cleans it through a multi-layered process before the water is fed into a non-potable network in the Olympic Park.

The station, which is located in a woodland setting within a Site of Nature Conservation Importance, is a single story building with a double-height 10m-tall section at the eastern end.

The two storey space contains the zone of the linear water treatment process to allow for emergency access and a 15m-tall odour stack. The 'clean’ zone is at the west end of the building and houses the office, visitors’ area and toilets.

To cope with the risk of flooding the base of the building is clad with gabion baskets, filled with crushed Somerset stone, that extend half-way up the building at its eastern end.

The cladding of the upper section is larch boarding, which blends in with the mature trees encircling the building. Over time, the larch will weather to silver and merge with the grey gabion baskets below.


  • Begun: Sep 2010
  • Completed: Sep 2011
  • Floor area: 550m2
  • Sector: Industrial
  • Total cost: £700,000
  • Procurement: Thames Water Contract
  • Address: Stratford, London, E15, United Kingdom

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