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Alton Towers' Chinese Pagoda Fountain

Alton Towers’ (Chinese) Pagoda Fountain is a three-storey, octagonal, cast iron structure with twenty-four hanging bells. The pagoda stands on an octagonal White Hollington sandstone base. The cast iron structure was designed by Robert Abraham (1773–1850), who modelled it on the To-ho pagoda in Canton, Southern China. It was cast and built by the famous Coalbrookdale Iron Company. Work started on the pagoda in 1826 and it was completed some six years later in 1832.

Over the years rust heave corrosion and settlement within the structure has cracked many of the castings. Although a complete dismantle and rebuild would have allowed access to all areas, we were asked to conserve the structure in situ. The Pagoda Fountain was dry blast cleaned in-situ to remove many layers of paint and rust and large quantities of filler materials. We then carried out a full inspection to determine it’s condition. Our priced inspection was presented to our client for approval; and once agreed, we carried out a number of cast iron crack repairs using specialist welding techniques and mechanical bracing to reinforce where required. We sealed the joints from water ingress, primed and finish painted the entire Pagoda using our own quality paint system, highlighting all twenty-four hanging bells in gold paint.

The Pagoda fountain scaffolded and sealed prior our works.

The Pagoda fountain scaffolded and sealed prior our works.

The Pagoda Fountain before restoration.

The Pagoda Fountain before restoration.

The Pagoda Fountain before restoration.

The Pagoda Fountain before restoration.

The Pagoda Fountain before our works began.

The Pagoda Fountain before our works began.

Once the entire structure was dry blast cleaned we carried out a large number of repairs.

Once the entire structure was dry blast cleaned we carried out a large number of repairs.

We painted the entire Pagoda by hand using our high-quality paint system.

We painted the entire Pagoda by hand using our high-quality paint system.

We painted the entire Pagoda by hand using our high-quality paint system included gold highlighting.

We painted the entire Pagoda by hand using our high-quality paint system included gold highlighting.

The Pagoda Fountain completed, looking resplendent and worthy of it's Grade II* listed status.

The Pagoda Fountain completed, looking resplendent and worthy of it's Grade II* listed status.

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