The project team extends their gratitude to Affinity Water for donating the exterior doors which volunteers have now installed into the sound mirror tunnel portals.
With the days getting longer again and some time off from Fan Bay, our volunteers have taken the opportunity in research to visit the remote acoustic mirror and its strange cube companion on top of the Abbot’s Cliff between Samphire Hoe and Folkestone.
For more information about sound mirrors and the local collective, please visit http://www.andrewgrantham.co.uk/soundmirrors
Previously bricked up and backfilled prior to the covering of the sound mirrors in the 1970s eyesore clearance programme, we are delighted to confirm that the portal and tunnel of the second inset mirror is now completely free to pass through!
The mine engineers have also made this section of the unlined tunnel structurally sound by use of newly sourced railway sleepers, replacing and taking inspiration from the original methods utilised during the 1940s further inside the tunnel.
Both sound mirror portals into the shelter network are now once again free to pass through for the first time in over 50 years!
The first mirror portal and tunnel were thought to have collapsed prior to the 1970s eyesore clearance programme and the backfilling of the second mirror portal and tunnel. Reinstating both portals and making the tunnels structurally sound again has been a fantastic achievement and we give a big thanks to our contracted mine engineers for their hard work.
With many feet of material blocking the portals, the works have however also reinstated the great mounds of spoil inside the tunnels again which will now need to be removed from the site once more by our team of eager volunteers in the coming months.
We’re still looking for guides to help open the tunnels to the public, so if you think that you’d like to get involved, why not get in touch with us? We have written some volunteer role profiles to help you find out a bit more about what’s involved:
Want to find out more about what involved? Why not come to one of our volunteering open days at South Foreland Lighthouse, you can meet the team and learn more about the project:
- Wednesday 03 June ( 10 am – 2 pm )
- Saturday 06 June ( 10 am – 2 pm )
- Wednesday 01 July ( 10 am – 2 pm )
Don’t worry if you can’t make any of these dates, you can always give us a call on 01304 207326 or e-mail us.
The great mound of spoil that was excavated from the sound mirrors and entrance structure at Fan Bay has now been completely removed from the white cliffs for disposal. The surrounding site should begin to re-colonise itself over the coming year before the public opening in 2015.
Broken concrete and metal recently brought down from the plant room ceiling has also been completely removed from the site, ready for near future proposed restoration works (planning permitting).
With the spoil removed, new temporary safety fences have been erected to protect visiting public from the deep excavation and recognised areas that have a sheer drop. The entire site continues to remain a working building site and therefore access is not permitted without guided authorisation.
Future works are currently under discussion in regards to the sound mirror structures, the surrounding cliff as well as the entrance structure. Further announcements will be made in the new year with planning approval.
2014 has been an incredible success for the project, which could not have been without all our volunteers and contractors so here is a big final thanks to all of you for this year.
Have a great Christmas and a happy new year, we’ll meet again on a sunny day (hopefully) at Fan Bay in 2015!
p.s. Also check out the following new pretty motion picture taken from the skies courtesy of our friends at NuVue Media:
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Our lovely uncovered sound mirrors in Fan Hole have recently received a lot of attention from the press and even a visit from ITV Meridian news. The articles and broadcast story are linked below: