FOR SALE - Iconic Derbyshire waterworks

A 100 year old water treatment plant near Hayfield in the Peak District is on the market for redevelopment.

Kinder Water Treatment Works is owned by United Utilities and was built in 1912 to filter the water from Kinder Reservoir before it was piped to local homes and businesses.

With its rows of arched windows and skylights the works is a distinctive and unusual landmark, well known by local people and visitors to the Kinder Valley.

Rebecca Stockdale, senior property surveyor at United Utilities, explained: “It’s a wonderful building which could make the perfect blank canvas for somebody’s Grand Design.  The works hasn’t been used since the late 1990s when we diverted the water from Kinder reservoir to the new Wybersley water treatment plant near Stockport.”

The Filter House, as it is known, is now empty following the removal of the 24 free-standing mechanical filters which were state of the art in their day. The internal floor space is around 10,000 square feet and the building sits in landscaped grounds of 0.91 hectares.

On 12 July 1912 the building formed the centre of the celebrations when the Kinder water supply scheme was officially switched on.  The men who had built the reservoir and treatment works dined in the main filter hall and their womenfolk and children had a picnic on the grass outside – an event which was re-enacted in 2012 during the centenary celebrations organised by Hayfield Civic Trust.

Rebecca added: “The Kinder Valley is well known for its tranquillity, but of course it would have been a hive of activity during the construction of the reservoir and the treatment works. It would be wonderful to see activity here once again to bring this iconic building back into good use.”

If the treatment works is sold, United Utilities will maintain ownership of the reservoir and the land surrounding the embankment.    

Kinder Water Treatment Works is on the market with Land4homes of Wilmslow. Expressions of interest are requested in the first instance and the deadline for submission is 12 noon on Wednesday, 9 September 2015.  

For further information visit or contact Ian Thomlinson on 01625 536369 or email

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