Crossness Engines Trust, Designmap


Designmap and Fitzpatrick Woolmer bring to life ‘The Great Stink’ for Crossness Engines Trust


The Crossness Pumping Station is situated in South London next to the River Thames. It was created by Sir Joseph Bazalgette after 'The Great Stink' and was built as part of Victorian London's urgent need for a main sewerage system. 'The Great Stink' came about in 1858, when a mix of warm weather and filthy water created a horrible aroma around London, leading to typhoid and cholera epidemics. In the 1950's it was left to decay, which provoked the need for it to be restored. In 1987, a charity called 'The Crossness Engines Trust' was set up to restore and preserve the site. The site shows how grand Victorian engineering was and is part of Britain's industrial heritage.  

Project Motivation: 

As an extension of the highly acclaimed exhibition for Crossness Engines Trust, interpreting the heritage that is ‘The Great Stink’, external interpretation, wayfinding and badging signs were needed throughout the newly landscaped grounds.

Designmap developed a unique signage scheme that in colour and construction would complement the architecture of the old pumping station and reflect the heritage of this once iconic London sewage treatment works.

Working closely with Designmap we made recommendations for materials, construction and printing methods that would ensure their 2D vision became a 3D reality. It was critical that any manufactured solution maintained the simplicity of design with minimal visual interference, but offered structural integrity and durability.

Manufactured in stainless steel with full colour n-viro™ prints (request a sample), these displays will withstand the harshest of outdoor environments, are easy to maintain and afford excellent value for money.