Tottenham Borehole at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Haringey
The Refurbishment of a Victorian Water Well
This magnificent building is one of a complete Edwardian façade comprising Tottenham Town Hall, The Public Baths (above), a School and the Fire Station. The water for the Baths had been supplied by a 3.3m diameter, 60m deep well in the grounds behind this building which had been constructed over a hundred years ago.
The Tottenham/ BGAC Borehole in 2008
Redevelopment has recently taken place, and whilst the façade has been retained, a brand new cultural centre (The Bernie Grant Arts Centre - BGAC) has been built behind in its place.
WWUK was responsible for the saving of the well from being in-filled. It was agreed to refurbish the facility as a 'borehole' (by reducing the diameter and backfilling the annulus in a sanitary manner). The smaller diameter borehole (pictured below) now supplies the BGAC with 'green' water for flushing the toilets. We are currently negotiating with the adjacent new Tottenham Green Leisure Centre Baths to supply them with green water – just as the old swimming baths were!