SSEN Transmission and their contractor Morgan Sindall Infrastructure opened the doors to their construction compound near Mains of Garten on Wednesday evening, inviting the local community to come and enjoy a slice of pizza, meet the project teams and find out about SSEN Transmission’s project to remove additional transmission infrastructure near the villages of Boat of Garten and Nethy Bridge.
The construction compound is home to SSEN Transmission’s £31.9m VISTA project, which will see the removal of 46 transmission towers and 12km of overhead line from the Cairngorms National Park. The 56 staff based at the compound are currently working on the first phase of the project, excavating cable trenches, installing protective ducting, ready to install the new underground cable in the New Year.
Visitors had the chance to look around the compound and find more about the history of the project and what will be involved in the removal of the overhead line and towers. The project team were also on hand to answer questions and show off some of the equipment that they will be using on the project.
Those who attended the evening event were treated to food from local pizza company Cheese and Tomantin and cakes from Inverness bakers Harry Gow.
Louise Anderson, SSEN Transmission’s Community Liaison Manager said:
“We would like to thank all those who we were able to come along on Wednesday night to find out more about our project and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves and the delicious local pizza and cakes as much as we did!
“We have had a great response to the project from the community and are pleased that we have been able to work together to improve the visual impact of our transmission infrastructure within the Cairngorms National Park. We will continue working closely with the local community throughout this project to keep them updated and will do all we can to ensure that our work has as little impact on the lives of those living and working in the area as possible.”