Dockyard zip line approved

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A woman rides on a zipline through a forrest setting.

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An application to install a zip line in historic Dockyard has been given the go ahead by the Development Applications Board.

The proposal, put forward by Fantasea owner Michael Heslop and Canadian company Greenheart, consists of a 1,700ft (518m) zip line stretching over Dockyard’s north wall.

According to the application, the zip line would run from a 68ft tower, erected near the former Casemates prison to a landing deck placed in a field overlooking Snorkel Park.

The DAB met with the technical officer for the project this month.

The officer said a registered engineer would likely be asked to sign off on the structural aspects at the building permit stage and that supporting information, detailed security checks and operational requirements before the zip line would be used.

The board approved the proposal, but listed several conditions.

Development on the project must begin in the next two years, and the Health and Safety Officer must approve the pre-operating inspection document before an occupancy certificate is issued.

They also demanded the developers put forward a decommissioning plan with details regarding the demolition and removal of infrastructure associated with the development for review before submitting a building permit application.

Mr Heslop previously stated a hope to have the zip line up and running by next spring, in advance of the summer season.

“I’m in the industry of tourism already, and I thought it would make an exciting addition for Dockyard,” he said.

The application included letters of support from Wedco and Edward Harris of the National Museum of Bermuda, who said he felt the attraction would be a draw for visitors.

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Published Sep 27, 2012 at 8:24 am (Updated Sep 27, 2012 at 8:23 am)

Dockyard zip line approved

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