Unsinkable Aquatech keeping calm and carrying on
Tuesday 4th October 2016 @ 15:37 by Nigel P.
Denton & Audenshaw Gorton & Openshaw Hyde News

 

The interior of the dive centre this room serves as a classroom so it was fortunate no lectures were in session when the accident happened.

The interior of the dive centre this room serves as a classroom so it was fortunate no lectures were in session when the accident happened.

Despite the chaos and destruction brought about by an off course Range Rover that demolished one half of their building at the junction of Hyde Road and Reddish Lane, staff and students at Aquatech are determined that it is business  as usual.

Manager Dave Bolton, could not quite believe his eyes when he arrived at the converted bank following the accident on Sunday morning, but because of the building’s former use it was deemed sturdy enough for activities to continue uninterrupted.

After recovering from the shock of sharing  the classroom with a Range Rover, where students regularly receive their instruction on sub-aqua activities, the school was able to simply switch operations to another room next door.

 

The impact not only took out lintels and beams and radiators but also thousands of pounds worth of wet suits and dry suits, dive meters and breathing apparatus that had been proudly on display in the window area before the accident.

The impact completely took out the door and window of the former bank. The upper floor had to be shored up with Acro Jacks and timbers.The buildings former role as a bank probably saved it from even more severe damage.

The impact completely took out the door and window of the former bank. The upper floor had to be shored up with Acro Jacks and timbers.The buildings former role as a bank probably saved it from even more severe damage.

Fire service rescue crews from Gorton and the Technical Response Unit from Ashton . had to use timber and specialist stabilisation equipment to shore up the front of the building. following the accident that happened around 8.30 am on Sunday.

Manager Dave said:” We want to get the message out that we are still open for business as usual. We were fortunate that the accident happened when it did and there was nobody using the classroom where the car came in. But everything is shored up inspected and safe so after we had cleared up we are just carrying on as norma.

Before the Range Rover ended up wedged into the shop the vehicle seemed to lose control as it was coming along A57 it then careered across a Pelican crossing damaging the traffic lights control box before crossing the Manchester bound lane of the road finally crashing into the Dive Centre Building.

The damage to the control box meant temporary lights had to be set up in both directions of travel consequently causing massive traffic congestion in Tameside and East Manchester.

Damage to a traffic lights junction box meant traffic chaos was experienced over a wide area of East Manchester.

Damage to a traffic lights junction box meant traffic chaos was experienced over a wide area of East Manchester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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