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About Inspection Programme Part 6 – Cultural environment

The final part of our series of articles about the West Link’s inspection programmes deals with the cultural environment.

Ancient remains and buildings of cultural and historical value are sensitive to vibrations. The inspection programme for the cultural environment describes the inspections carried out before, during and after the construction of the West Link to prevent damage occurring as a result of vibrations. By carrying out risk analyses and inventorying, and with the help of building historians, we have calculated permitted vibration levels for each building. These vibration values are then used when planning detonations to ensure that they are adapted according to surrounding buildings and historic monuments.

Actions to protect buildings of cultural and historical value

The project has drawn up building-specific inspection programmes for listed buildings, state listed buildings and church monuments. These programmes are divided into four different stages, based on the cultural classification of the individual building, its sensitivity and the assessed impact from the project. Stage four is the most extensive, and includes e.g. Residenset, which has been deemed to be particularly sensitive to impact.

Examples of activities that may be included in an inspection programme include carrying out reinforcement work on buildings and facilities, safeguarding works of art, checking ground water levels, careful detonation, moving objects and monitoring specific objects.

The work continues...

The inspection programmes describe how we will monitor and control the construction of the West Link, covering ground water, surrounding disruption, surface water, flora and fauna, air quality and the cultural environment. We have presented six different inspection programmes here, but our work relating to inspections and measurements is more extensive than just these programmes. And we will continue this work during the construction of the West Link and after construction is complete.