Monthly Archives: April 2016

Progress update

Work at Model Boating Pond continues to progress well as more clay is placed on the new dam. The borrow pit is also getting deeper as the clay for the new dam is excavated. The silt which will fill up … Continue reading

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Model Boating Pond – path changes

If you have been on the Heath in the  last few weeks, you will have noticed some major changes at Model Boating Pond. The once drained section of Model Boating pond has now been filled with clay as part of … Continue reading

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Birds eye view

We recently commissioned a drone to take some photographs of the Model Boating Pond and the Catchpit sites (the two largest work sites on the project). Please note this drone footage was specially commissioned by the City of London to … Continue reading

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Taking safety seriously

Due to the sensitivities around carrying out construction work on Hampstead Heath, the contractors, BAM Nuttall, were chosen after very careful consideration. The selection process included officers from the Heath, the engineering team at the City of London, Atkins, who … Continue reading

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One year in

This week marks one year of the Ponds Project, with six months left to go. The improving weather has meant good progress across the site. These pictures taken on Wednesday capture this progress.

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Wooden structure in Model Boating Pond

During the removal of silt at Model Boating Pond, some wooden structures appeared in the silty mud. Buried in silt for what could have been over 100 years, the structures had been well preserved. We asked the MOLAS archaeology team to … Continue reading

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Ladies Pond Building

Yesterday marked a significant landmark in the Ponds Project with the arrival and successful installation of the Ladies Pond buildings. These compromise of changing facilities, toilets and a lifeguards unit. The whole building is DDA compliant and was designed in … Continue reading

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Young dam builders

During British Science week in mid-March, the Ponds Project Education Team descend upon Hendon School to run engineering workshops for year 7 pupils. BAM Nuttall engineers designed and resourced an exciting and hands on challenge for the secondary school students. They … Continue reading

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Ladies Pond update

Yesterday the Ladies Pond building was due to be craned into position, however various issues caused delay and it is likely the building will be craned into position today (Thursday, 7 April). All the modules are now on the Heath … Continue reading

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Environmental wins

Following on from my  previous post about the environmental improvements at Bird Sanctuary, some similar work has taken place at the north end of Ladies Pond. Several new pools have been excavated which will provide an excellent habitat for amphibians and … Continue reading

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