The Water Tower

Restoration & Reuse

The Water Tower

Project Info

Saved from the scrapyard, the conversion of this tower using timber into a private home means it can remain standing proudly above the barley fields, overlooking its beloved village of Castle Acre.

What once provided water to the village has lain in ruin since after the war. Bidding against scrap metal dealers the clients bought the water tower in an auction. Now it has been reinvented into a delightful house of inventiveness and joyful peculiarity with the addition of timber rooms and a timber cantilevered staircase rising through the tower into the tank.

This castle-like cantilevered Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) stair tower acts as a compression spiral, similar to what is found in a seashell. This delivers the steel water tank structure’s wind loads down to the foundations. The combined strength of this timber spiral and the shear timber walls form a rigid structure that lends stability to the existing steel frame structure.

Lending panoramic views of the landscape, the Water Tower stands as a living landmark which resonates in the personal history of the individuals of the village who supported its reuse.

LocationCastle Acre

ArchitectTonkin Liu

Structural EngineerRodrigues Associates, Integration

Wood SupplierBinderholz UK Ltd

ContractorMNB Services

SpeciesSpruce (Austria) – PEFC

Steel WorksGLW Engineering & Construction Ltd

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