A landmark day on the Snowdon Hydro project today as the major works have been completed on the intake and now we start the work burying the pipe and reinstating the landscape. This is the work we will be judged on and we want to get this right. The machine will make one pass down the mountain and we are working with our contractors to make sure we get the level of finish we require first time. Our team will follow the machine with the re-seeding work and will spot turf to encourage growth. The work is currently adjacent to the archaeology on site so we have a watching brief in place in order to protect the archaeology and to make sure the level of finish is as specified.
We’re very happy with the appearance of the intake which now only requires the Coanda screen to be fixed upon it, the cover for the compensation pipe to be installed and the chamber to be covered. The Watkin Path has now been put back and we are able to remove the diversion next week in time for the bank holiday hikers. Our seed mix has been approved by the relevant authorities and we have started to sow and spot turf around the intake. The heavy rains last night give an idea of how the intake will work.