A landmark structure in Goole, East Yorkshire, has been successfully restored using Flexcrete’s Monomix cementitious repair mortar. Known locally as the ‘Salt Pot’, Goole Water Tower stands at 165ft tall and was built in 1927. At the time it held the title of the largest tower of its kind anywhere in Europe and was deemed an incredible feat of engineering. Now, it is a Grade II listed structure with a capacity of 3.4 million litres of high quality drinking water, supplying the whole of Goole. The ‘Salt Pot’ stands adjacent to the ‘Pepper Pot’ Tower which is now disused; together, they have become widely recognised symbols of Goole. Essential maintenance was required to the ‘Salt Pot’ to ensure the Tower’s structural stability and repair any cracked or spalled areas of concrete.
Stonbury Limited, a leading contractor for Yorkshire Water, chose Monomix for the repairs. Some 6 tonnes of Monomix were used for this prestigious project. Monomix is a high strength, high build mortar which can be applied up to 80mm thickness in a single layer, in vertical, horizontal and overhead positions. It is non-toxic, requires no primer and rapidly cures to provide excellent waterproof protection from the ingress of acid gases, moisture and chlorides. Monomix is independently approved by the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) for use in contact with drinking water, and has CE Mark accreditation to EN 1504 standards for concrete repair. The repairs will guarantee the life of the Water Tower for the future. Had these repairs not been carried out, it is anticipated that the ‘Salt Pot’ would have deteriorated significantly in 20-30 years’ time.