Sorry it’s been a while since our last update, but the team have been cracking on getting the mountain ready for the 2016/17 season! The recent spell of dry and settled weather has helped us make good progress with many of our ongoing projects and it has also aided the growth of the reinstatement works in the Sheiling area. The before and after pictures below show the difference that just a few weeks can make.
The West Wall Poma project is progressing well, with the steel work installation scheduled to commence on Monday 17th of October. The picture below shows a 20 tonne excavator which has been instrumental in most of the excavations, ground works and lifting and positioning equipment. In this image you can see the driver creating a path of pads for travelling over the route to Tower 16.
As you can imagine, working in this way significantly increases the time take taken to complete tasks, but it is extremely important to us to work in this manner in order to reduce the environmental impact. This will in turn reduce the time needed to restore the area to it’s former condition.
Tower 16 has now been lifted out prior to the new foundations being installed. Once this foundation has set, the tower will be re-positioned. Below you can see work in progress on the new return station foundations.
We are also delighted to announce that we are also about to take delivery of new snowplough/gritter for the 2016/17 season, This new machine will help the team in keeping the access roads open during the winter months, as well as getting it open after period of severe weather and snowfall.