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PICTURES: Giant Hayle sluice gates are craned into their new home

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: February 28, 2013

  • The 11 tonne sluice gates being craned into place in Hayle today

  • The 11 tonne sluice gates being craned into place in Hayle today

  • The 11 tonne sluice gates being craned into place in Hayle today

  • The 11 tonne sluice gates being craned into place in Hayle today

  • The 11 tonne sluice gates being craned into place in Hayle today

  • The 11 tonne sluice gates being craned into place in Hayle today

  • The 11 tonne sluice gates being craned into place in Hayle today

  • The 11 tonne sluice gates being craned into place in Hayle today

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Two giant sluice gates have been craned into their new home in Hayle today.

The 11 tonne gates, which used to be operated alongside the town's swing bridge, were uncovered in July 2011 during excavations for the new road at North Quay and stored at construction company Carillion's compound.

With the end of the £16 million infrastructure project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, drawing near, a new home was needed for the old relics.

At a meeting of Hayle Town Council last Thursday it was agreed that the gates would be sited at the back of the gardens on King George V Memorial Walk.

The walk was closed off this morning as the unwieldy gates were manouvered into place.

An 80 tonne crane was needed to hoist the gates onto a low loader and transport them to the Walk from Carillion's compound near where the Octel plant once stood on North Quay.

Once the crane was set up in position, the gates were positioned so as to lean against the rock face behind the gardens. 

They are now resting on a concrete pad to ensure long-term stability and discreet fencing is set to be installed to prevent access to the back of the gates and the gardens in front will be reinstated.

Construction manager Dave Simpson said: "The project team at North Quay along with Cornwall Council's Conservation Officer have worked hard to preserve as many of the historic features as possible that have been identified on North Quay and this is final part."

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