1. The History
Kinder Water Treatment Works is located near Hayfield in the High Peak region of Derbyshire. It was built in 1912 to filter the water from Kinder Reservoir before it was piped to local homes and businesses. The brick building with its rows of arched windows and skylights is a familiar landmark to locals and visitors to the Kinder Valley. Kinder Water Treatment Work’s future became uncertain when in 1995 when the filtration plant and water storage facilities became redundant when United Utilities diverted the water from Kinder reservoir to the new Wybersley water treatment plant near Stockport.

Picture from the Grand Opening Day in 1912:

Kinder-WTW-opening-1912 by HughieDW, on Flickr

More recent archive picture:

Kinder-WTW newer by HughieDW, on Flickr

The Filter House, as it is known, is now empty following the removal of the 24 free-standing mechanical filters which were state-of-the-art in their day. The internal floor space is around 10,000 square feet and the building sits in landscaped grounds of 0.91 hectares. Bench Architects were appointed by United Utilities Property Ltd to carry out a condition survey and archive research informing the feasibility proposals for the conversion of the building to residential as a prelude to putting it on the market back in 2015. You can see their plans HERE https://www.bencharchitects.co.uk/pr...r-filter-house However it appears no one was up for a Grand Designs style project and it has been empty ever since.

2. The Explore
Seem to have done quite a few water treatment works of recent. For this one we had a tip-off that this place was open so me and my non-forum member mate hopped in the car and took the hour drive over here. It was a lovely walk up to the waterworks and entry, once we’d found the entry point was easy enough. It’s a lovely building but is pretty empty inside. That said though it was well worth the trip over.

3. The Pictures

Following in hallowed footsteps:

img8150 by HughieDW, on Flickr

A few externals:

img8144 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8143 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8147 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Spillway from the reservoir:

img8145 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8146 by HughieDW, on Flickr

The metal thieves have had a field day here:

Kinder 02 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8142 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Kinder 01 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Kinder 03 by HughieDW, on Flickr

What is says on the tin!

img8114 by HughieDW, on Flickr

These hoppers were fun:

img8116 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8139 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And to the downstairs room:

img8118 by HughieDW, on Flickr

It was a bit dark and dank in here:

img8134 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Kinder 08 by HughieDW, on Flickr

George Barnsley’s flashback:

img8136 by HughieDW, on Flickr

And on to the main show:

img8123 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8120 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Loving the old doors:

img8128 by HughieDW, on Flickr



Always useful to have a “Quick Reference Guide”:

img8119 by HughieDW, on Flickr

That all-important eye wash:

img8122 by HughieDW, on Flickr

It’s all about that roof:

img8124 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Innit?

img8125 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8127 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8121 by HughieDW, on Flickr

img8126 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Pipetastic!

img8129 by HughieDW, on Flickr

Know your water. No, your water!

img8130 by HughieDW, on Flickr


Kinder 06 by HughieDW, on Flickr