A VICTORIAN waterworks has undergone a seizable refurbishment.

Tourist attraction Tees Cottage Pumping Station museum received a £30k investment from Northumbrian Water, who own the building, to fully replace its floor and towards restoration.

Built in 1849, the site once supplied drinking water to Darlington and the surrounding area. The historic site boasts two original pumping engines, with one being the largest preserved example in Europe and are superb examples of Victorian architecture.

The recently completed works included stripping areas back to the brick work and building a new block and beam floor.

An archaeological survey pit underneath also unearthed a brass base of the site's original bearing case, which will go on display in the museum.

Peter Hall, Facilities Team Leader at Northumbrian Water, said: "The new flooring looks fantastic.

"We feel so proud of this historic landmark and of the partnership we have formed with volunteers, who help us to preserve this place for generations to come."