Just had a week off and went away to the Midlands with the rest of the Joneses. On the way back we popped into Quarry Bank Mill. A property i know in passing having looked under the bonnet a couple of times with colleagues. (greatest collection of LED bulbs in the NT!) This was the first time as a ‘visitor’ with a family. I was not disappointed. Big engineering, hydros, family engagement. ’time well spent?’ …it was!
The cotton mill is a spectacular building and plenty going for it but i was there unofficially to see the engineering and specifically the old hydros. I found a few more than I thought was there. 3 in fact. The engagement for Beca, Alis and Tryfan was superb and the best i have seen for explaining water power
The building itself is also undergoing an evaluation optimising its heating and heat retention. Guess where the biggest gains are? (count the windows!)
…and whats next for the site? Its going back to its roots and using the river Bollin again to power the site. The next year or so should see the instillation of a new 50kw hydro which will use the C18 wier. Nothing new under the sun as they say!