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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by Owen » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:04 am

Not 100% but I believe they could be moulds for footers. Like you say, big - but who knows at this point :P
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by 1991troysmith » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:29 am

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Does anyone else believe that this ground breaking ride may be going underground at any point? even on this picture it appears to be some sort of tunnel for access, maybe for health and safety reasons? Along with these concrete tunnels with ladders [picture below] v Could possibly be stacked onto each other as one, to form evacuation access or maintenance access.

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Maybe part of underground works were carried out within closed season before pictures were taken, who knows? If the tube station can be built under a entire city, Anything can happen. I'm going on now.


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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by TheDuke » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:58 am

T0mPr1ce wrote:Great pictures. Does anyone know what those concrete cylinders are for? They've been in that spot there for some time, I originally thought they could be pre-made footers. However, they are too large for wooden coaster footers. I think some have ladder rungs in the insides, could they be for underground pipes?


Theyre usually used as part of foundations, they could be buried under the footers to add support but they can be used for a lot of things
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by lewis97 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:21 pm

The concrete rings with the yellow steps are precast manhole chambers. There's a few pictures showing the installation process here.
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by T0mPr1ce » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:42 pm

It's definitely highly plausible that part of this ride is gong to be underground, there are many things pointing towards it. I'm a bit confused over the station area as the original application shows the building above ground, and we've seen a list of materials for the exterior of the buildings. The current building structure is pretty much fully under the ground level currently. This could mean what we can see at the moment is a base floor, and there could be an external facade which we will enter and go downstairs to the station. Obviously this is all speculation :lol

An underground section and a huge theming element (with fire effects). I believe this ride could be really fantastic and I can't wait to see more progress with the site in the coming months.
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by Owen » Fri Apr 21, 2017 3:58 pm

Remember there's still a lot of landscaping that will take place and so what may seem as below ground level now may not be once the final product is complete.

Personally I think people are reading into the wording of "Ground Breaking" and that the ride will follow the plans, which doesn't indicate any underground portions. :)
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by Speedy_no1 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:13 pm

Would of been good if they reused the flume underground section.


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by AltonOperator » Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:44 pm

I love the idea of the underground section!

Speedy_no1 wrote:Would of been good if they reused the flume underground section.


I wasn't Aware it had an underground section. Do you mean the indoor bit?
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by Speedy_no1 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:59 pm

The dark section was under the ground with the big scary duck. The tunnel is still there.


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by selbjx » Fri Apr 21, 2017 9:48 pm

The tunnel I believe you are referring to is actually a digger bucket (can be seen in other photos) and the concrete cast sections are standard drainage or plant room type access.
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by T0mPr1ce » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:56 pm

Speedy_no1 wrote:The dark section was under the ground with the big scary duck. The tunnel is still there.


No part of the flume was underground, this was an indoor section, of which part of the trough remains next to the new footpath.
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by Ryan.B » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:02 am

it goes under the landscape in that area as far as i'm aware. I remember hearing in closed season they had to sort out the rapid's system before any major work could start on SW8. maybe it's to do with that or possibly Sharkbait Reef. surely the fish won't be ok with the coaster in operation though?
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Re: SW8 Construction Discussion

by jayson2125 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:19 pm

the tunnel is still there from the flume... took these pics last week and the tunnel is below the nearest trough

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