Spalding’s important and iconic water tower is undergoing a six-month facelift which will result in it being transformed back to its former glory.
Preliminary work by owners Anglian Water started on Chatteron Towerthis week and, when work finishes in September in will be totally cleaned and re-painted in its hallmark tulip colours.
The tower priovides clean drinking water for 22,000 properties in Spalding and the surrounding rural area.
It was painted terracotta and white in 1997 and previously being a concrete building without paintwork.
But over the years it had got more and more dirty. In 2010 our sister paper the Lincolnshire Free Press helped launch a campaign calling for a clean-up and hundreds of residents signed a petition.
People power didn’t win the day on that occasion but in 2015 local councillor Gary Taylor and clean-up campaigner Sandra White revisited the campaign – and this time Anglian water listened.
Supply manager Mick Cox said: “We’re really excited to be getting started. We know this project is important to the local community, and we’re pleased to be able to restore the iconic water tower’s paintwork to its 1997 condition.
“The facelift was promised three years ago during conversations with the council. We listened to what customers had to say then, and it’s now going ahead having been incorporated into our 2017/18 investment programme.
“Across the region we will spend nearly £445million pounds over the course of the year. Millions of which will be spent in Spalding, maintaining and improving the water and sewerage networks - including the repainting of Chatterton Tower.”
The first deliveries of scaffolding starting arriving on site this week. It will take up to six weeks to complete the scaffolding alone.
After that, the scaffolding skeleton around the tower will be wrapped in a polythene cover. Although the steam clean techniques being used to clean and repaint the tower are gentle, the polythene covers provide an extra barrier to stop any debris escaping.
After steam cleaning the tower – an effective, yet gentle, cleaning method which minimises the amount of water used, the tower will then be repainted.
In total, the project will take six months, including the set up and removal of the scaffolding, which alone will take 12 weeks.
All work will take place between normal working hours, 9am- 5pm, so that local disruption is kept to a minimum.
Mick added: “Chatterton keeps taps flowing by providing a steady, secure store of clean drinking water. It provides both water storage and pressure for customers.”
Before the painting gets under way, colour swatches will be painted onto the tower for local councillors to preview.