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Sydney Water Corporation Sewage Pumping Station SP0060

Item details

Name of item: Sydney Water Corporation Sewage Pumping Station SP0060
Other name/s: M.B.W.S & S. Sewer Pumping Station SP0060
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Utilities - Sewerage
Category: Sewage Pump House/Pumping Station
Primary address: McFall Street, Botany, NSW 2019
Local govt. area: Botany Bay
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
McFall StreetBotanyBotany Bay  Primary Address
Erith StreetBotanyBotany Bay  Alternate Address

Statement of significance:

Representative example of Federation Period Arts and Crafts Utility Building.

SP0060 is a low level sewage pumping station located within a mixed residential and industrial section of Botany. The station consists of two distinct parts: an original superstructure comprising a small single storey load bearing brick building; and a circular concrete substructure approximately 10 metres deep which houses machinery and sewage chambers. Architecturally the building was designed in utilitarian version of the Federation Free Style. Externally there is an original tiled hip roof with gable vents and exposed eaves; dark brown coloured brickwork with string courses and engaged piers; and a rendered concrete plinth. There are timber double hung windows with bullnosed brick sills and rendered concrete lintels. The entrance consists of a later steel roller shutter with rendered concrete lintel and applied lettering proclaiming "M.B.W.S.&S., A.D. 1924" within a roughcast panel. Internally the ceiling is lined with tongue and grooved boarding and the walls are of painted brickwork. The substructure consists of two cylinders, one within the other, the annular space taking the sewage flow and the inner well housing the machinery. The machinery consists of two vertical spindle centrifugal pumps direct coupled to electric motors. The station is located on a corner site amongst mature palm trees. There is a paling fence continuous around the site complete with original vehicle gate and adjacent wicket gate.
Date significance updated: 15 Apr 18
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Description

Designer/Maker: Metropolitan Water Sewerage & Drainage Board
Builder/Maker: Metropolitan Water Sewerage & Drainage Board
Construction years: 1925-1925
Physical description: SP0060 is a low level sewage pumping station located within a mixed residential and industrial section of Botany. The station consists of two distinct parts: an original superstructure comprising a small single storey load bearing brick building; and a circular concrete substructure approximately 10 metres deep which houses machinery and sewage chambers. Architecturally the building was designed in utilitarian version of the Federation Free Style. Externally there is an original tiled hip roof with gable vents and exposed eaves; dark brown coloured brickwork with string courses and engaged piers; and a rendered concrete plinth. There are timber double hung windows with bullnosed brick sills and rendered concrete lintels. The entrance consists of a later steel roller shutter with rendered concrete lintel and applied lettering proclaiming "M.B.W.S.&S., A.D. 1924" within a roughcast panel. Internally the ceiling is lined with tongue and grooved boarding and the walls are of painted brickwork. The substructure consists of two cylinders, one within the other, the annular space taking the sewage flow and the inner well housing the machinery. The machinery consists of two vertical spindle centrifugal pumps direct coupled to electric motors. The station is located on a corner site amongst mature palm trees. There is a paling fence continuous around the site complete with original vehicle gate and adjacent wicket gate.
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Fabric is in good condition.
Modifications and dates: Mechanical and electrical components have been upgraded.
Current use: Low level sewage pumping station

History

Historical notes: In 1859 Sydney's sewerage system consisted of five outfall sewers which drained to Sydney Harbour. By the 1870's, the Harbour had become grossly polluted and, as a result, the government created the Sydney City and Suburban Health Board to investigate an alternative means of disposing of the City's sewage. This lead to the construction of two gravitation sewers in 1889 by the Public Work Department: a northern sewer being the Bondi Ocean Outfall Sewer and a southern sewer draining to a sewage farm at Botany Bay. Low lying areas around the Harbour which could not gravitate to the new outfall sewers continued to drain to the old City Council sewers. Low level pumping stations were therefore needed to collect the sewage from such areas and pump it by means of additional sewers known as rising mains, to the main gravitation system. The first comprehensive low level sewerage system began at the beginning of the 20th century when the Public Works Department built a group of 20 low level pumping stations around the foreshores of the inner harbour and in the subsequent development of other outfall sewers, greater Sydney now has over 600 low level sewage pumping stations. The construction of SP0060 coincided with the development of the Southern and Western Suburbs Ocean Outfall Sewer No 1 (SWSOOS No 1) which was Sydney's second and largest ocean outfall sewer and superseded the Botany-Rockdale Sewage Farm in 1919.

Recommended management:

Manage the place and its significant components in accordance with the State Owned Heritage Asset Management Guidelines. Where no Conservation Management Plan, Heritage Assessment or Statement of Heritage Impact is in place, or where works are outside the scope existing heritage documentation, assess heritage impacts of proposed works in accordance with Sydney Water Environment Impact Assessment procedures. Undertake a Heritage Assessment and/or Statement of Heritage Impact as required by EIA procedures. Where the item is listed in a Local Environmental Plan Schedule of Heritage items, determine if works are exempt from approval under the LEP provisions. Where works are not exempt, obtain necessary approvals from the local council, in accordance with SWC EIA Guidelines. Undertake archival and photographic recording before major changes, in accordance with Heritage Council guidelines. Lodge copies of the archival record with the Sydney Water Archives and the NSW Heritage Office.

Listings

Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Local Environmental PlanBotany Bay LEP 2013I7921 Jun 13 2013/133 
Local Environmental Plan - LapsedBotany LEP 19958325 Feb 00 291465

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Botany Heritage Study19962.22Tropman & Tropman  No
City of Botany Bay Heritage Review2018 E. & R. ConroyRC Yes

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Local Government
Database number: 1210083


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