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Lanes checks drain pipes built for surf pipes in Snowdonia

Posted: Tuesday 24th February 2015

Lanes Group has been supporting contractors building Britain's first inland surfing centre, which is pioneering technology that aims to revolutionise the sport around the world.

Drainage engineers from the Lanes Chester depot have carried out CCTV drainage surveys at Surf Snowdonia, which is due to open in summer 2015.

Surf Snowdonia is being developed at a cost of 12 million in Snowdonia National Park, and will be home to the world's first publically-accessible Wavegarden surfing lagoon.

At a touch of a button, it will generate a range of perfectly-formed surfing waves - sometimes called pipes - that will travel for 200m along a 300m artificial surfing lagoon.

Surf Snowdonia is being developed by Conwy Adventure Leisure in Dolgarrog, on the site of a former aluminium plant - and is using technology that its Spanish inventors hope will result in surfing becoming an Olympic sport.

The project's main contractor, D Morgan Construction, commissioned Lanes Group to clean and survey the drainage system for the site's main visitor building.

Brian Jones, a quantity surveyor for D Morgan, said: "The Lanes team did a good job.

"Their survey allowed us to be sure that the drains were in good condition before they were handed over to the contractor responsible for putting up the visitor centre building."

Lanes Area Development Manager Ian Clapham said: "Surf Snowdonia must be the most striking an unusual location to go surfing in the world.

"Lanes Group is very pleased to have been asked to work on such a prestigious and unusual project.

"Carrying out drainage cleaning and survey work on construction projects like this in a timely manner is essential.

"It is an important element of the assurance process, both for the contractor and the client, as each stage of the building process is reached."

Lanes deployed a jet vacuumation tanker and mainline CCTV drainage camera team to carry out the clean and survey work, on a drainage system that consisted mainly of 100 and 150 millimetre diameter pipes.

The drainage survey provides the client with HD-quality video clips of the inside of the pipes.

Surf Snowdonia says it will be one of the most exciting outdoor adventure destinations in the UK.

It expects to attract 75,000 visitors a year, creating 60 new jobs on site, and supporting more in the leisure and tourist supply chain.

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