Despite the difficult weather conditions in recent weeks, our excavation work at both the East and West shafts has been continuing well. We dig out one metre at a time and reinforce the walls with concrete segments which fit together and form a ring one metre high. We have only approximately 2 metres left to dig in both shafts. I took the photograph below peering carefully into the West Shaft which is currently 30 metres deep.
Our construction team ‘ride’ in cages hoisted by a crane to reach the bottom of the shaft several times a day. I also tried out one of the cages for size last week (and I was very glad it was stationary at the time!).
Once both shafts are complete, the next stage will involve drilling a tunnel to connect the two, so that the new water pipeline can be taken across the River Tees. I’ll be bringing you updates about that exciting milestone in the near future.
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