I’ve been trying to post this all week, but haven’t had the time up until now. Last Sunday (26th February, 2012), I visited Chasewater, and to my surprise, the security fence around the remaining dam works site, surrounding the Pool Road bridge, Nine-Foot pool and spillway had been breached and access was possible from all directions. The work here is clearly very nearly complete and it’s interesting to see what has been constructed.
It’s fairly obvious that the contractors will be ready to vacate the site soon.
The bridge and spillways are very heavily engineered, perhaps overly so, as Graham Evans of Chasewater Wildlife Group recently speculated, but the designers have stringent safety standards to meet. This is a very carefully designed system, engineered to steer and remove energy from what could be a very damaging flow of water. Also evident is the environmental concern which has gone into the design. All in all I was quite impressed – but with the cost of works now topping six million pounds, it needs to be something special.