Heritage Masonry, as the prime contractor, completed the conservation and structural rehabilitation of Canada’s last remaining concrete coal mine headframe and tipple. Built in 1916 and standing at 22.7m (74.5feet), the structures are an impressive sight and a reminder of the importance of coal mining to Vancouver Island’s industrial past. Morden Colliery was designated a National Historic Site in 1972.
Prior to the work commencing, the structure was in danger of imminent collapse. The project started with structural assessments and extensive research into developing a modern concrete that would be compatible with the 105-year-old original concrete.
In the end, over 100 individual repairs were performed—each of which required unique and extensive shoring solutions, creative thinking and old-fashioned hard work.
Heritage Masonry is proud and thankful to have worked with such a dedicated team that consisted of engineers, conservation consultants, BC Parks, the Heritage Branch of BC’s Ministry of Forest and The Friends of Morden Mine. Last but not least, thanks to the amazing team of tradespeople who do the heavy lifting to make these dreams a reality.