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Happy 1st Birthday to Alton Towers’ Wicker Man Rollercoaster!

Happy 1st Birthday to Alton Towers’ Wicker Man Rollercoaster - News - MLM

In 2016, MLM Group was appointed by Merlin Entertainments Group on Alton Towers Resort’s most ambitious project to date, to undertake environmental investigations and structural and civil engineering on their latest thrill attraction, Wicker Man.

Opened to the public on 24 March 2018, Wicker Man was the first wooden rollercoaster to be built in the UK for 21 years with the added unique thrill of fire.

The adrenaline thrilling ride, which covers over 2,000 ft of track and reaches a top speed of 44mph, is filled with falls, twists and turns, before passing through an impressive 57.57 ft Wicker Man structure which bursts into flames as the train races through its chest.

The ride was featured on the Channel 4 documentary, “Inside Alton Towers” last summer.

MLM’s involvement in the project included the foundation design for the rollercoaster, the waterproof RC substructure for the ride station building, sub-structure and superstructure steel frame for the pre-show building, as well the design of RC retaining walls, external stairs, drainage design and external works.

In September 2018, two of MLM’s engineers jumped at the opportunity to experience the Wicker Man ride for themselves. Edvardas Gostautas, Structural Engineer at MLM’s Ashford office said:

“It took us three minutes to ride and two years to design and build it, but we will remember the Wicker Man for a very long time!”

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