Archive for the ‘Site Facilities’ Category

£50,000 Infrastructure Development at NDAC Chepstow

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Sewage Treatment Plant Groundworks at NDAC Chepstow

Sewage Treatment Plant Groundworks at NDAC ChepstowWe’ve recently been carrying out groundworks for a new £35,000 ANUA Sewage Package Treatment Plant at the NDAC site.

It may not be the most glamorous of developments, but it contributes to the continuing investment and improvement of the NDAC’s infrastructure.

This sewage plant will support the new Deluxe Wigwams and the growth of the site over the next ten years.

The images show the groundworks taking place to open up a trench, 16 metres long and 3 metres deep. Due to the limestone in the ground, this is no easy job and progress is very slow.

With the groundworks, this project is expected to cost in the region of £50,000 and forms part of our ongoing commitment to improve the your experience at the NDAC.

200ft of new pontoon space at NDAC diving quarry

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

New Pontoons at NDAC

PontoonsWe have recently installed five new 40ft long pontoons in the NDAC diving quarry.

This gives us an extra 200ft of pontoon space to meet the growing popularity of scuba diving, swimming, freediving, flyboarding, water walking and other water based activities at the NDAC.

This extra pontoon space also creates a bridge to the Saltfree freediving platform so they no longer need to take a boat trip before diving.

This development is something a lot of the divers have been asking for and is part of our ongoing investment plans, which will see half a million pounds invested in the centre.

For some more photos of the installed pontoons, take a look at some of the images on the Saltfree Facebook page, here, here and here

Half a Million Pound Investment at Chepstow Activity Centre

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

£0.5 Million Investment at NDAC Dive and Activity CentreWith the start of a new year there are some very exciting plans in the pipeline at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

There is an immediate £500k investment in the infrastructure and works for for an off-road Segway course, new deluxe wigwams and a 3G swing. The works have already commenced with a full application.

Segway Active
The investment programme will start to roll out over the next few months with the initial purchase of 12 Segways X2 models that will allow off road experiences throughout the grounds of the National Diving and Activity Centre. The electrical powered Segways are from the USA and will add a fun activity and new dimension to the area.

Segway Active opens in April 2014, bookings are available now for an early bird discount>

Glamping gets even better
The Wigwam Village accommodation at NDAC has been such a great success that we have just secured an order for 12 more units. These new wigwams will be super deluxe with your own indoor shower, double bed, sofa bed, toilet and kitchen area so you can be completely self contained in your unit. As an additional facility it is proposed that two of these units will be used by NDAC to offer massage treatments to include sports massage, facials and pamper experiences.

We are looking at the first delivery of the units early in 2014 with the completion of works by Easter 2014, but best of all, they will be located 200ft above the edge of the quarry walls with breathtaking views of the UK’s Deepest Inland Dive Site.

The Giant 3G Swing
The Giant 3G Swing will also be available from Easter 2014 and the additional £100k investment of works will be started early in 2014.

New Underwater Attraction
For the divers, we have purchased a 35 tonne steel trawler. The boat will be submerged early 2014 as a new underwater attraction which will support wreck diving experiences. The boat is parked to the left hand side of the entrance of NDAC for any interested viewing. More details about the new attraction can be found here>

New Facilities
There is some further future investment planned at NDAC with an extension to the popular View Cafe Bar and toilet facilities. This will include an event multi functional room, a snug area and a play area for children so we will be offering something for all the family.

We have seen a substantial increase in visitor numbers over the past 3 years and the original investment of 19 Wooden Wigwams, View Cafe Bar and the Wire Zip Slide have supported this increase. The extra investment over the next few years will see the site as the perfect destination for divers, family and friends to enjoy all year round with a variety of activities to experience.

We want to thank all of our customers over the past 3 years who have walked alongside us on our journey and enabled us to support the growth of the business and improving your overall experience. We want to continue to improve on your experience and hope your continued support throughout 2014 and beyond will strengthen NDAC and make us your destination site. Investing in us means we can invest in you.

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5 Star Standards Rating for View Cafe Bar, Chepstow

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Scores on the doors Chepstow

FODDCThe View Cafe Bar has been awarded the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme’s highest standards rating of five stars by the Forest of Dean District Council – Environmental Health department.

To achieve a rating, The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

  •   How hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored

  •   The condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilitiesView Cafe Bar, Chepstow

  •   How the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the View Cafe Bar was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards.

We are really pleased with the 5 Star rating awarded to our View Cafe Bar and it is testament to all the hard work carried out by the staff and the support from our customers.

The food standard rating for the View Cafe Bar can be viewed online here >

Along with the Stunning views and great food this official seal of approval reinforces that the View Cafe Bar a great place to eat and drink.

 

Here are some recent catering statistics. Between 01 April 2012 – 01 April 2013:View Cafe Bar, Chepstow

  •   we served 24,900 cups of coffee

  •   9,850 cups of hot chocolate

  •   22,890 cups of tea

That’s around 57,640 hot brews had by visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre over the past 12 months!

We have been delighted by all the supportive comments and feedback and we will continue to work hard and invest in the centre to ensure that we are the most forward thinking and friendly dive and activity centre in the UK. – judging by the increased visitor numbers month on month we must be doing something right!

If you have any comments of suggestions we would love to hear from you

Cashless Cash Cards arrive at NDAC

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

NDAC Cashless Cash CardsWe have been really pleased with the increased number of visitors to the National Diving & Activity Centre this year. We think this is due to the continuing investments we make to improve the site whilst still being one of the most cost effective dive sites anywhere in the UK.
 
And were getting bigger thanks to your help!
 
We have been listening to your comments about the National Diving & Activity Centre and have decided to improve things further with a new and updated EPOS (Electronic Point of Sale) Cashless Swipe System.
 
We are launching a new Cashless Swipe Membership Card system for all our in-date NDAC Members at the start of August this year.  This will mean that NDAC Members can pay for their entry, air fills, mixed gases, and food & drink from the View Cafe Bar, all with the swipe of a new NDAC Membership Card. You can even buy those little extra goodies from our dive shop with an ever-increasing range now being stocked.

So there’ll be no more having to carry your wallet or purse with you, instead just charge your card and pay at the end of the day. You can even dive with your card! 

This system is not just for the divers though, visitors staying in our Wooden Wigwam Village will also be able to have a swipe card for the duration of their stay.
 
The Swipe Cards are just one of the many benefits our members enjoy – so why not take this opportunity now to go cashless at the National Diving & Activity Centre and become an NDAC Member today
 

The View Cafe Bar

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

The View Cafe Bar, coming soon to the NDAC

We’re pleased to announce that the old NDAC Snack Bar is finally to be replaced by our new Café Bar complex, named The View.

The View at Chepstow's NDAC interiorThis will mean a sad farewell to the old burger bar we have used for the past five years. However we feel this investment is needed to develop the site and provide everyone with a great facility.

We hope you all agree it will be well worth the time and effort to make your days with us a bit more special.

The View Café Bar will be for everyone; Divers and visitors alike will be able to sit inside or out on the veranda, with a breathtaking view overlooking the Chepstow quarry.

As well as serving great food, the View Café Bar will also have a licensed bar and a stunning view.

Those of you staying with us in the Wigwam Village will also be able to enjoy a cold beer and something to eat after a long days diving and relax a bit more whilst at the NDAC.

The View Chepstow, exterior shots

Construction of the View Cafe BarWatts Construction, our building company, have been on site now for over a month and things are beginning to take shape on the new NDAC cafe bar area.

We have a projected build time of around 20 weeks and are looking to get the View Café Bar up and running in the early part of March 2012.

The View‘s build and works are progressing well, but please be patient whilst the construction works take place.

We are working as fast as we can to get The View open for business and we promise it will be well worth the wait!

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Thorpe Park Rangers retire to Dive Centre

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Thorpe Park Rangers at NDAC scuba dive quarry

Merlin Group - Thorpe Park RangersWe have three new attractions that have just arrived at the National Diving and Activity Centre.

Kindly donated by the Merlin Group, these three park rangers have retired from Thorpe Park after many years of service and will be keeping an eye on things in the Gnome Garden.

The three new underwater attractions are going to have a new lick of paint and some TLC before being placed underwater.

We expect them to be in place in the next month.

If you have any ideas of names for the three Thorpe Park Rangers, please make your suggestions below in the comments field below . . .

Four new underwater attractions at NDAC dive site

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Underwater Attractions at NDAC Dive Centre

It has been a very busy week at the National Diving & Activity Centre with the installation of four new underwater attractions.

We now have a new addition to Land Rover Lagoon, a Double Decker Bus, a Single Deck Bus and a 16 tonne Abbott Self Propelled Gun.

All the attractions are ready to dive now, so why not pop down and have a look yourself – with so many new attractions you might want to book a weekend with us in one of our Wooden Wigwams.

The Busses
The first bus is a traditional 56-seater single deck bus that weighs in at 6.5 tonnes and has been used in active service throughout Cardiff over the past 15 years. She has clocked up an impressive 500,000 km so I’m sure some of you may have even travelled on her at some stage!

The second vehicle is an impressive Double-deck bus; she seats around 60 to 80 passengers, It is around 10 meters in length, 4.5 meters high and her gross weight is around 12 tonnes.

We believe these underwater busses will not only provide a stable, safe and exciting training platform but also to act as a swim through attraction for the more confident divers amongst you. So whilst our students are conducting their skills and drills above you could be swimming through underneath them – You won’t even need a ticket!

The FV433 Field Artillery Abbot SPG
The Abbot Tank or ‘Self Propelled Gun’ built by Vickers was used by the British Army between 1965 and 1995 and is still in service with the Indian Army.

In its day the Abbot FV433 was able to swim across water due to having a flotation screen fixed around the hull, which would be raised to provide buoyancy. The action of the tracks was sufficient to drive it forward at about 3 knots. Each swimming Abbot would of been supported by a fully amphibious Stalwart Mk 2 High Mobility Load Carrier that carried additional ammunition.

This Abbot’s floating days are long over and it now is retiring happily at the NDAC quarry, reunited with it’s old friend the Stalwart ‘Stolly’.

Both buses are under 20 meters and the Abbot is sitting around 30 metres. The new landrover is situated around 10 metres.

None of this would of been possible without the help from the Corps of Royal Engineers and our thanks goes out to them.

The Corps of Royal Engineers are unique with all their "Sappers" being multi skilled soldiers, combat engineers and tradesmen working alongside all parts of the Army they play a vital role in the effectiveness of the British Army and the United Kingdom in both peacetime and on Opertations.

Read more about the Royal Engineers>

 

Double Decker Bus

 

Royal Engineers

Abbot Tank

 

Busses to be sunk in NDAC quarry

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

NDAC Bus attraction to be installed in quarry

NDAC BussesBack in 2008 Cardiff Bus & NDAC linked up to obtain two new impressive attractions in the form of one single deck and one double deck bus. Since then we have been working to make the buses fit for purpose and looking at the logistics of physically getting them in the water!

We are pleased to announce that the new underwater attractions will be installed at the end of the month.

We believe these underwater busses will not only provide a stable, safe and exciting training platform but also to act as a swim through attraction for the more confident divers amongst you. So whilst our students are conducting their skills and drills above you could be swimming through underneath them – You won’t even need a ticket!

Cardiff Bus Company

The first bus is a traditional 56-seater single deck bus that weighs in at an impressive 6.5 tonnes and has been used in active service throughout Cardiff over the past 15 years. She has clocked up an impressive 500,000 km so I’m sure some of you may have even traveled on her at some stage!

The second vehicle is an impressive Double-deck bus; she seats around 60 to 80 passengers, It is around 10 meters in length, 4.5 meters high and her gross weight is around 12 tonnes!

Watch this space for updates and the story of their installation, or subscribe to our news feed>

Click here for further information on some of our other underwater attractions >

 

 

 


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