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Thursday 1 April 2010

A new Water Tower for Melton Mowbray

Following the successful campaign to get Melton Mowbray pies "Protected Geographical Indication" (PGI) status, the town is now to follow the Americans with a themed water tower. Inspired by the Peachoid water tower at Gaffney, they wanted a pork pie water tower! The design is quite traditional up to the tank: the supporting legs will be constructed off site - and then erected, while the service shaft will be cast in sections and then craned into position. Shuttering will then be placed upon the shaft and legs, before the hot-water concrete is poured - believed to be the first time this new waterproof hot-water concrete has been used for a water tower. Innovation does not stop there: Due to increasingly cold winters, the ever present risk of the water freezing has been reduced by floating a "Jelly" like blanket on the surface of the water. Not only does this provide an insulating layer, retaining heat, it also provides a sterile barrier between the treated water and air. The consulting engineers, Ebenezer Associates, have provided an artist’s impression:
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