Our work

Cragside hydro project

The arrival and installation of the Archimedes Screw at Cragside © Paul Kingston

The arrival and installation of the Archimedes Screw at Cragside

Work is currently underway to introduce a modern hydro system which will produce enough energy to light Cragside house. The 17 metre long Archimedes Screw, arrived on site in April and was carefully manoeuvred into place.

Cragside hydo project

The arrival and installation of the Archimedes Screw at Cragside © Paul Kingston

The arrival and installation of the Archimedes Screw at Cragside

It took over three hours to place the Archimedes Screw in its correct position.

Cragside hydo project

The screw is carefully manoeuvred into place © Paul Kingston

The screw is carefully manoeuvred into place

The 17 metre long galvanised turbine, weighing several tonnes was carefully craned into position and took over three hours. The turbine was delivered from Germany and was placed at the southern end of Tumbleton lake, allowing the flow of water from the lake to the Debdon Burn to turn the screw. Once all the work is completed, there will be an official launch event later in the year.

Roll up the carpet

The Chenille carpet is one of 12 hand-woven carpets in the National Trust  © National Trust

The Chenille carpet is one of 12 hand-woven carpets in the National Trust

The Chenille carpet in Cragside’s dining room was beginning to show its age, so earlier this year it was rolled up taken away for 9 months of delicate restoration work. The delicate carpet is by no means an ordinary carpet; there are no more than a dozen Chenille carpets left in National Trust properties nationwide.

Our work

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