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Restoration project at South Crofty completed
12:34pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Heritage restoration work on an iconic structure at South Crofty Mine in Pool has been completed with the unveiling of a newly restored headframe.
The lifting frame has been reinstated as part of the work carried out by Cornwall Council on New Cooks Kitchen Headframe and the two Grade II listed engine houses at Chapple’s Shaft.
The refurbishment took place as part of the agreement with the mine owners Western United Mines, to allow new development and regeneration to go ahead in the area.
CORMAC Contracting and specialist contractors were appointed to put up 900 tonnes of scaffolding around the headframe, using 20,000 scaffold fittings, 800 boards and 16 lifts. The refurbishment included grit blasting, repainting and replacement of some steelwork, before the scaffold was taken down to reveal the iconic mining structure.
Work continues to the two engine houses, with the Chapple's Winding Engine House nearing completion and Chapple’s Pumping Engine House scheduled for completion mid November.
Extensive re-pointing has been carried out on both engine houses, and the masonry made safe using traditional conservation skills and materials. This work is being led by staff from CORMAC Contracting Ltd, Cornwall Council’s economic development and historic environment services, as well as Cornwall Development Company.
Alan Shoesmith, chief executive at Western United Mines, said: “The completion of the refurbishment of the NCK Shaft Headframe is a significant milestone of the ongoing restoration, forming part of the CPR area’s regeneration programme.”
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