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The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:38 pm
by Dormiens-Dave
Welcome to the SW7 Construction Discussion Topic

This is your main port-of-call for any discussion related to construction progression. So if on your day out to Alton Towers you take some fascinating pictures of SW7 construction then post those pictures here and see the discussion around the progression of the UK's premier themeparks new rollercoaster.

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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:47 pm
by Chris W
On the 11th of February 2012 (First day of the Feb Half Term event) there has been no changes on the SW7 site (as expected)

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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 12:58 pm
by Craig
Just as fences have gone up around the site, we've now received word that the tent has started to be removed. So, without further ado *plays fanfare* this topic is now unlocked.

Please remember this is for construction updates only. To discuss the ride and it's marketing please use the mother topics :).

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:01 pm
by SpinballEdders
Sounds very interesting, I actually thought Alton would of removed it slightly later, But they should of removed it 5 years ago! It's nice that's it's being removed though, Can't wait for the construction to start! :D

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:04 pm
by Dormiens-Dave
From TT News

The Black Hole tent that until 2005 housed the popular Black Hole indoor rollercoaster, is finally making its exit from the resort after standing empty for the last 7 years. Despite having a brief ressurection as the location of the 2 paid-for scare mazes in the 2011 Scarefest event, the Black Hole tent has been mainly used for storage since the coaster left.

Planning permission for the 2012 SW7 rollercoaster was granted last month and since then the old tents days have been numbered, word finally came today from TT member "Rob" that the first stages of demolishion had begun.

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This first stage in the construction process of SW7 coincides with the construction fence banners going up around the site as well as a new mini-site proclaiming the arrival of SW7 in 2013.

As always TowersTimes will be following SW7 developments and you can discus this and more in our SW7 discussion topics here


Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:10 pm
by mrbrightside
Looks like I'd better update the SW7 Sweepstakes thread...

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:12 pm
by .Will
Well it's now hit home it's all starting again.

It's almost iconic at Alton Towers the tent has stood there for years almost a shame to see it go, I mean it was such epic storage.

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:15 pm
by mrbrightside
.Will wrote:
I mean it was such epic storage.
Nowadays we'd just get built the world's biggest shipping container...

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:19 pm
by smudge.
Where will all the stuff in the tent go?

If there is alternative storage, why were they not using that originally as the tent is hardly good for storage, I don't know but I imagine it was damp when cold? and, well, cold!

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:31 pm
by -Prometheus-
Farewell Black Hole tent.  The end of an era, but the dawn of a new one aswell.  :)

*sentimental mood*

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:44 pm
by BigAl
Part of me wonders if they could have cut the dome in half and reused one side as a concert/arena cover? :P

Anyway, goodbye, Black Hole tent!

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:54 pm
by Wizzy
I'd be entirely willing to take whatever's in the tent! :P
But on a slightly analytical note... I think the park leaving the tent there for so long inadvertently created a source of intrigue for X-Sector, even as the area itself fell into disrepair, so the place'll feel really odd and bare this season without the old thing. When going to the park with non-enthusiasts, the topic of the 'big random tent' in the area was always a means for discussion, but I suppose it's actually really nice to think the conversation will shift to construction and eventually the emergence of a huge - and hopefully rather good - new ride this year.
Excitement and nostalgia are the two words that spring to mind, but it feels great to look to the future after all these years of the X-Sector falling into scabiness. I have a feeling SW7 will do good.

- Wizzy :D

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:49 pm
by Blaze
The stuff was cleared out of the tent a while ago, wasn't it? I always thought it was, especially with the original plan being to use the site for 2012.

Well, so it begins...here's to 11 months of getting excited by mounds of dirt!

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:38 pm
by starbugger1303
I've just had a thought.

The Blackhole tent first opened in 1984 and is being demolished in 2012. 28 years later......
And
Corkscrew opened in 1980 and closed in 2008. 28 years later....

Coincidence?......
:para:

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:50 pm
by CrazyTowers
I wonder what types of splendiferous machinery we'll see throughout the year during SW7s construction.  :?

(I'm into technical things and how its built sort of things.) :O

I also wonder what we'll see being moved around, like all the things stored in it... 

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:18 pm
by Rob L
Here are some more photos I took today from my camera. They appear to be taking out all of what must be insulation before taking the actual tend down. Nice to see work starting though!

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I kindly request that these photos are not used without my permission.

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Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:24 pm
by BigAl
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What the hell happened in there? :? :P

Thanks for those pictures, Rob! I didn't know that the inside of the tent was still the original yellow and green. I guess it didn't matter, seeing as it would be pitch black in there anyway. But I still feel cheated! :P

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:55 pm
by LordOfDarkness
THE ORIGINAL BLACK HOLE COLOURS... :'( Right its sorted, Someone has to make a montage of the memories of that tent...

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:07 pm
by Rocket
Nice to see those colours! They must of just put insulation over the old colours.
They need to keep the awesome entrance and queue line shop though, very well themed and suited X-Sector.

Re: The Smiler - Construction Discussion

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 8:11 pm
by CoasterCrazyChris
SamJ wrote:
They need to keep the awesome entrance and queue line shop though, very well themed and suited X-Sector.


Couldn't agree more. Would be nice to see the entrance used as a window into the construction site too.

Alas, the plans show they will both be demolished. :(