It’s been a hot and busy week on Hampstead Heath. The construction works continue to progress well, with less than 4 months left in the construction phase of the programme.
With piling completed at Highgate No. 1, BAM are now preparing the sheet-piles for their oak timber capping.
On Tuesday, BAM also launched a tern raft on Highgate No. 1. More on this here.
At Men’s Pond, the spillway is now under construction. This will be grass lined when completed.
The island at Model Boating Pond is now really taking shape. With only a small section of land left at the northern end, and a larger section at the southern end. When the time comes, water will be pumped into the channel around the island from the rest of the pond, which will temporarily reduce the levels.
Further up the hill, the borrow pit is not almost completely filled back up to existing levels, and the area where silt had been drying (the compound extension) will now be restored back to grassland.
Ladies Pond and Stock Pond still await their reinforced turf for their spillways.
Desilting is going well at Viaduct Pond, with approximately one week left to go.
The heatwave has provided perfect conditions for drying out silt.
The new dam at Catchpit is now at full height. The silt trap upstream of the dam, is to be replanted with plants and vegetation which were retained from the same location. This work will take place in consultation with the Heath’s ecology team.
The creation of a new channel and wetland area south of the Catchpit is to take place next week, again in consultation with the Heath’s ecology team.
At Mixed Pond, the earth bund is now being turfed.
And at Hampstead No. 2, work has started on the timber cladding of the outlet.