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Meyrick Park Water Tower
Meyrick Park, Bournemouth, Dorset
associated engineer
Louis Gustave Mouchel
date  1900
UK era  Victorian  |  category  Water Tower/Tank  |  reference  SZ084916
ICE reference number  HEW 174
The first British water tower to be built out of reinforced concrete — the material having been pioneered in France.
The tower is 50ft high and built on the Hennebique system. The water tank holds 15,000 gallons, 21ft across and 10ft deep with 5in thick walls. It is supported by six columns, elaborately finished to resemble classical masonry.
The tank and supporting ring beam are all of a piece; in harmony with the columns, the beam is moulded in imitation of a cornice.
The tower is discoloured and no longer used for water supply, although otherwise in good condition.
reference sources   CEH South

Meyrick Park Water Tower