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Site Build: 2009 is Under Way

posted 11 May 2009, 14:32 by Paul Holmes   [ updated 13 Oct 2009, 10:06 ]
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Site preparation for this year's festival is now in full swing, including a new reservoir, more drainage improvements, a new crew facility and the first signs of the main fence.

Eve Trackway, suppliers of the custom designed "ring of steel", first laid trackway and poles ready to plant in late April. Now sections of the SuperFortress are becoming visibile on the rolling hills of the vale of Avalon.

The expanded fence this year will bring the core of the site up to 750 acres, from 720 acres last year. The total site area has also grown, now topping 1,350 acres with the added campervan and parking in the west.

Glastonbury remains firmly the biggest green field festival in the world, nearly twice the size of other major festivals such as the hugely popular US Bonnaroo.

Coming back down to earth though... despite significant drainage improvements following 2005, and a relatively dry 2008, upgrades continue, with new pipe runs being laid in the lower area of the site, including through the Pyramid field. The UK's national weather agency, the Met Office, has predicted a strong chance of a long hot summer, but the festival organisers it seems aren't leaving things to chance.

Over at Goose Hall, just across the track from the site of the old Left Field stage, a new a new permanent structure is well under way, looking set to replace the marquee previously used as the main crew food area during the site build. As with the rebuild of Goose Hall itself in 2008, the structure is being built in high quality stone, sympathetic to the traditonal architecture of the surrounding area.

The biggest addition - although one few visitors will notice perhaps - is a new £400,000 240,000 gallon reservoir to supply water to the festival. It replaces the temporary tanks normally squeezed in around the main farmhouse. quotes Phil Miller, Festival infrastructure manager: "We are hoping to save on the amount of water brought in. The reservoir will be more environmentally friendly. There will be fewer lorries coming on to the site and less plastic. The new reservoir will be safer and better than the temporary reservoirs used in the past and should improve the water pressure on site."

Phil added: "We started building the reservoir in February and aim to finish it by May 27. I believe we will have it up and running before the event. We've got to do it!"

GlastoEarth will bring you more site build news in the weeks to come, plus an exclusive full on-site report just before you are beginning to fill your rucksack.

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