Lock 2E needed to be re-positioned so that a tunnel could be constructed beneath Bates and Co. at a lower level. This picture shows the site where the new Lock 2E would be constructed before work began. The white building is the teasing shed of Bates and Co - one of the buildings the canal will tunnel under. The work here started in October, 1999.
Steel piles were driven into the ground in a large rectangle around the site of the new lock. The ground inside the rectangle was excavated part way down and large jacks put across the hole to stop the sides pushing inwards.
With the jacks in place, the excavation went deeper down. A concrete base was then laid at the bottom of the hole.
The lock structure is to be built on the concrete base. Here you will see wooden shuttering for a section of concrete wall.
(Photo: Costain Ltd)
The concrete walls of the lock chamber have been constructed. The lock head, nearest the camera, is still under construction.
The concrete structure of the lock is now complete. The space around it is being back-filled and the piles will be removed.
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My thanks to Costain Ltd for providing access to take some of these photographs.