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Snowdon cafe 'skeleton' unveiled
Skeleton of Hafod Eryri
The steel frame will now be taken down and transported to Snowdonia
The skeleton of the new building which will grace the summit of England and Wales' highest peak has been unveiled in a warehouse in Flintshire.

The structure has been assembled as a 'pre-fab' and will now be dismantled before being reassembled at its permanent home on Snowdon's summit.

The 80-year-old cafe, once described by Prince Charles as "Wales' highest slum," has already been demolished.

Hafod Eryri visitor's centre is being built at a cost of 8.3m.

Because of the logistical problems of transporting everything to the summit on a train, and also because work had to be suspended over the winter months, the preparatory work has been carried out in the warehouse at Deeside.

Meirion Evans from Carillion Construction said the build was on time, despite unfavourable weather conditions even there at times.

"We haven't lost an hour yet despite snow and high winds," he said.

The steel structure is now set to be dismantled before being transported by train to the top of Snowdon to be re-erected in its permanent home.

Aneurin Phillips from the Snowdonia National Park Authority said he had been struck by the sheer size of the new building.

"It is an unusual, beautiful building, and the stone I've seen here today is incredible in terms of its design and colouring.

"It will be a building to be proud of," he added.




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