Friday, 18 May 2012
Piles of piles make way for the turbine
The first major stage of the Archimedes Screw turbine installation has now been completed: the piling.
Huge metal piles, each 6 metres long, have been hammered into the ground behind the Snuff Mill, using gentle vibrations to minimise disturbance to the historic buildings nearby. The piles will form a temporary wall around the turbine site, to allow construction to take place without water coming in from the river.
The completed piling (Mackley Construction)
The site with piles in place - from the Snuff Mill window (NTPL/Caroline Pankhurst)
The piles will be left in place but cut off below ground level, once the work is complete.