Latest updates

21 Jun 21

Strong foundations going in

Due to the delay in receiving the German manufactured steel graepel the last few weeks have been slightly quieter on the ground. However, the contractors have been putting the finishing touches to the base framework, with the steel struts now cemented in place. They have also been building up the revetment wall by the bottom waterfall bridge, an added protection for the old stone bridge which is an iconic part of our traditional waterfall view. They have even been able to use some of the original stone, making sure it’s a perfect fit with the surrounding features.

Steel struts in place at Aira Force ready for the new walkways

24 May 21

Unexpected delays

In the last few weeks contractors have been on site far less than they were previously. These quiet weeks have been caused by a delay in materials. Some components of the viewing platform and walkways are coming from Germany and our initial 8-week lead time for these to arrive has been extended to around 12 weeks, this means our predicted completion date has moved to September. Even though it feels like a bit of a setback having to push our re-opening to later in the year, it is not all bad news. We have recently received the drawings for the proposed new retaining wall, an important job that the contractors can work on whilst we wait for the German components to arrive on site. The contractors are expected on site any day to commence this next section of the project.

Scaffolding at Aira Force in Ullswater

19 Apr 21

Preparing the site for the new walkways

Contractors have been busy this last couple of weeks, working at the bottom of the main waterfall. They have been breaking up and removing the concrete of the original viewing platform in preparation for the new steel sections to take their place. And, while the contractors have been working away on site, fabrication of the new walkways has begun in the workshop. If you're visiting us this spring, look out for our Welcome Team who will be on hand and ready to answer any questions you might have as you enjoy the site during this exciting time.

The platform at the base of Aira Force waterfall during construction