A huge thank you for our Test Centre funding

Posted 18/01/2019

Name of Project:

Northern Diver’s Diving Test Centre

Funding source:

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas, Rural Development Programme for England.

Description of the activity:

Grant assistance to develop a deep-water test tank and entry area for the testing of diving equipment and diving at Northern Diver Building, East Quarry, Appley Lane North, Appley Bridge, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 9AE.

The origin of the Dive Tank idea

Many years ago, our owner had the ambitious plan to develop our Appley Bridge Headquarters into a true diving hub for the North West. As our business grows, we want to ensure that we offer the best possible support and service to our customers, while also ensuring that we keep the local community at the heart of everything we do.

In 2014, thanks in part to funding and investment from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, we were able to break ground on our construction of the Northern Diver Test Centre.

The Northern Diver Test Centre.

This development project encompasses the development of a deep-water test tank and the easy entry to this tank. Due to the nature of our business, our products need depth testing to ensure they’re the best they can be before we sell them to our customers. As suppliers to military, commercial and rescue organisations across the globe, as well as recreational and sport divers, we’re not only passionate about providing quality – it’s essential to our business.

We’ve built the tank for the testing of diving equipment and for divers to train, practice and dive in. We’re hoping this will make it easier for us to test our products and to keep researching and developing new and ingenious products for you.

Come and see our progress at our Appley Bridge site!

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Our Northern Diver Diving Test Tank in May 2018
We break ground on the foundations for the Northern Diver Diving Test Tank in July 2014
Breaking ground as we commence our Northern Diver Diving Test Tank project, July 2014
Project progression of the Northern Diver Diving Test Tank in July 2017
Northern Diver Diving Test Tank project progression, July 2017
The tank rings of the Northern Diver Diving Test Tank being put in place, from the top level, January 2018
The tank rings of the Northern Diver Diving Test Tank being put in place, from the bottom level, January 2018
Northern Diver Diving Test Tank: Finishing the Test Tank, February 2018
Northern Diver Diving Test Tank, adding the steel reinforcement, February 2018
Northern Diver Diving Test Tank: EU funding plaque prior to placement with our Rescue Sales Specialist Matt
Northern Diver Diving Test Tank: EU funding plaque, outside on our wooden fence
Northern Diver Diving Test Tank: EU funding plaque prior to placement, outside on the way into our shop