On June 5th twelve Members of Canterbury Rotary Club visited Bretts Concrete factory at Chatham Docks, which makes components for lining the tunnels of the enormous London Crossrail project.
John Hill writes: We have to thank Tim Brett who arranged the visit to the works at Chatham Docks with Dragagos-Sisk the main contractor. Bretts laid on a coach to get the 12 Rotarians, led by Brian Dobinson, to the site, and provided a splendid lunch afterwards. Seeing an industrial plant of this scale, automated at every turn, with vacuum assisted cranes picking up sections of liner weighing tons like sheets of paper, was an eye-opener to us all.
photos by John Hill
|Twelve Members arrive and get suited up for the visit||Bretts Foreman explains to Robert Boyd and Tim Brett|
|Monitoring and controlling production - "getting paid to watch concrete dry"||Setting up a section of formwork prior to pouring|
|A 2-ton finished section is lifted clear||..and joins many more ready for despatch|