Pumping new life into drab looking pumping station

By John Martin


New life has been breathed into a drab and dreary art deco building located on New Brighton sea front.

Momentary Art Project (MAP), a local group who look for opportunities to facilitate and promote art opportunities approached United Utilities who own the building to see if they would be willing to allow the structure to be part of a local art project.

The water company agreed and the revamp of the building which involved the creative thinking of local school children from Mount Primary is now complete.

Mayor of Wirral Cllr Pat Hackett formally opened the building with the help of the school children.

Picture of a Mayor with school children

Pic: Mayor of Wirral Cllr Pat Hackett with children from Mount Primary School at United Utilities Wallasey  Pumping Station

Cllr Hackett said: “Wirral Council has a history of working with companies such as United Utilities to ensure we get the best possible deal for the area. A project like this is a great example of that.”

As part of the overhaul United Utilities carried out maintenance work on the building, which unbeknown to many is a vital part of the sewer network in New Brighton.

Darren Henson from United Utilities said: “Getting the artwork up on the wall has been fantastic. We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from the local community.”

Community artist Nicola Taggard brought to life what New Brighton means to the local school children from Mount Primary School with the mural.  The building also includes benches for people to sit, relax and enjoy the fresh sea air.