By EEPaul

Isle of Dogs Pumping Station

Framed on the opposite side of the Thames is the Isle of Dogs Pumping Station. In the late 1980s, I worked for the Halcrow firm of consulting civil engineers which designed the whole stormwater drainage system for the Isle of Dogs (and also the Royal Docks), anticipating its massive redevelopment and the need to support great expanses of impervious concrete.  In one of my earliest photojournalist assignments for the house magazine, I visited the site several times, and also met the architect for the distinctive shed above the all-important pumps and subsurface works: John Outram was inspired by Egyptian temples, apparently.

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