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Fort William, Lochaber Aluminium Smelter, Hydro Scheme, Surge Chamber And Valve House

Surge Tower (20th Century), Valve House (20th Century)

Site Name Fort William, Lochaber Aluminium Smelter, Hydro Scheme, Surge Chamber And Valve House

Classification Surge Tower (20th Century), Valve House (20th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Fort William, Aluminium Works; Lochaber Hydroelectric Power Scheme

Canmore ID 281678

Site Number NN17SW 22.01

NGR NN 13718 74782

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/site/281678

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  • Council Highland
  • Parish Kilmallie
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Lochaber
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NN17SW 22.01 13718 74782

Shaft [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1975.

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Field Visit (2010)

This is an integrated subterranean surge shaft and valve house. Water leaves the tunnel at this point and enters the five pipes which fall downhill from the valve house to the powerhouse below. The valve-house and surge tower are relatively standardised features for this date. Our current research suggests that there is a limited degree of technical innovation. J R Hume,1977; P L Payne,1988; E Wood, 2002; Concrete and Constructional Engineering IV (1909); Alcan, n.d.; The British Aluminium Co. Ltd, 1930.

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