Scandale Beck

Lake District, UK

Gilkes take huge pride in the delivery of the Scandale Beck Hydro Scheme which is within half an hour’s drive of Gilkes manufacturing facility in Kendal. The scheme, which will contribute over 900kW to the national grid, or sufficient power for around half the population of Ambleside, is the largest hydro scheme in the English Lake District.

Nestled between Grasmere and Ambleside it offers the ideal setting for this environmentally conscious and highly efficient scheme. Operating at a speed of 750rpm the Gilkes Pelton Turbine will provide quiet, reliable and renewable power for future generations of Ambleside’s residents and visitors.

Gilkes worked together with Ellergreen Hydro to complete the project, commissioned during November 2015, on time and on budget. The Scandale project required considerable and careful planning, with the powerhouse clad in local stone in order to ensure minimum visual impact in this highly sensitive conservation area which is enjoyed by over 16 million visitors a year.


  • 750mm Gilkes P316 Twin Jet Pelton
  • Main inlet valve
  • Synchronous Generator
  • Control & switchgear panel
  • Hydraulic control module
  • Control & power cabling (including building, lights and power)
  • Installation & Commissioning of Gilkes supplied equipment

Key Stats

  • Commissioned 2015
  • Power 994 kW
  • Net Head 195 M
  • Flow 555 l/s
  • Turbine Gilkes Twin Jet Pelton