Repurposing old mines can be dangerous at times but with a few simple checks and some sketches, these can begin to be repurposed to preserve the environment as well as generate jobs and cash flow for a number of businesses in the local area. In this article, we will be looking into some of the ways that the mining industry is beginning to create new landscapes for residential areas using abandoned mines.
The Environmental Impact Of Mining
When looking at the mining industry as a whole, there is no denying that there has been a vast amount of damage done by the industry since the industrial revolution. However, this is starting to change. With plans put in place by the worlds governments to reduce this environmental impact through the use of new rock hammer technology and the reduction of the number of abandoned mines, there are plenty of plans in place to reduce the effects these spaces are having on the environment as a whole as well as in the surrounding area.
Risks Of Abandoned Mines
Though an abandoned mine can be left for a long amount of time, there are still a number of risks associated with it. With a lack of oxygen as well as toxic and combustible gases it is important to ensure that they are settled before beginning to repurpose the space. Before building on the space you will need to ensure that harmful gases are removed, and the ground is protected from flooding. You can then begin to build on the land and repurpose it to make a concert hall or a fake lake.
One of the ways that an old quarry can be repurposed is by creating a man-made lake. This can then be added alongside a hotel and other resort options to make a relaxing resort. This not only repurposes the quarry, but it helps to generate a substantial number of jobs for those in the local area. When the lake resort is built, this will help to build to bring money to the local economy due to visitors staying here as other local businesses will benefit from this making it the perfect way to boost the local economy and increase visitors to the local area.
In addition to lake resorts and hotels, you can also repurpose mines and quarries with wildlife reserves. One of the biggest examples of this is the Eden Project in Cornwall. this wildlife reserve was built in a repurposed pit and is home to some of the worlds most exotic plants. With a Mediterranean biome as well as a rainforest biome, this is the perfect place to see some of the world’s best plants and wildlife. In addition to this, there are a number of sculptures scattered around the park making full use of the quarry and the surrounding space.
With this in mind, there are a number of ways that old mines can be repurposed to create outstanding pieces of architecture and tourist attractions. With a number of man-made lakes and wildlife project up and down the country which will you be visiting first?