The Gibraltar Skywalk was officially opened to the public by Luke Skywalker himself, who was keen to meet the Bovis-Koala JV team behind the design and construction of the project. The event was attended by the Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo and John Cortes, Minister for Heritage.
Mark Hamill attended an event on John Mackintosh square the previous day for the Skywalk promotion, receiving a very warm reception from the local crowd, as he talked about Star Wars, the new movie and his first time visiting Gibraltar. Boogie Storm (Britain's Got Talent Finalists) provided the entertainment with a dance extravaganza for the crowd beforehand.
International News and Going Viral Online
The opening was extremely popular and was featured in many news outlets such as The Daily Mail and El Mundo whilst also reaching the frontpage of Reddit and most viral on Imgur. The event was also covered in-depth by our own local Gibraltar Chronicle.
A Modern Attraction to bring Tourism to The Rock
The Gibraltar Skywalk is a new tourist attraction based at Mounty Misery, just a short walk down from the Ape's Den. It features a fantastic viewing platform for amazing photo opportunities of The Rock and the surrounding area, as well as an overhanging glass walkway over the East side facing Sandy Bay for a thrill seeking, unique experience. There is also a lift facility installed for those that require it to ensure everyone can enjoy the new attraction.
Shoreline defences are being placed at Vanguard Cave in a bid to protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site from the medium-term threat of sea levels rising due to climate change.
The defences consist of gabions, cage-like structures filled with rocks and used to absorb the impact of waves before they break on the shoreline.
The placement is part of the Gibraltar’s Government commitment to the UNESCO site and it is hoped that the gabions will protect the sensitive archaeological deposits from the action of waves during storms.
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The viewing platform with interpretation panels at the Gorham’s Cave Complex World Heritage Site was officially opened yesterday at Europa Advance Road.
This is the latest tourist product on the Rock “a brand new interpretation centre and attraction for tourists and residents alike” welcomed by Heritage Minister Dr John Cortes who officially opened the platform housed on two levels over looking Gorham’s Cave and its complex of caves.
The viewing platform offers unique views of the entire World Heritage Site all the way to the highest point of the Rock at O’Hara’s Battery – 426 metres above sea level – and including Mediterranean Steps.
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Bovis-Koala are pleased to have won 2 awards at the Heritage Trust annual awards for work on Wellington Front and the Upper Rock Paths. A fantastic evening for all involved!
THRILL-SEEKERS take note; a new skywalk has been completed in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve.
The attraction sits on the site of the former Bofors gun platform in one of the Rock’s highest points.
It is one of several new developments planned, including upgrades for the nearby Douglas Path and O’Hara Battery.
Martein Platenkamp, the project manager at construction firm Boavis Koala JV, believes what when the new walkway opens it will allow visitors to experience Gibraltar like never before.
“The beautifully designed walkway will allow Gibraltarians and visitors from all over the world to enjoy the incredible views of Gibraltar even more,” he told the Olive Press.
“The walkway gives the additional thrill of jaw-dropping vertical views through the glazed flooring at the steeply dropping terrain below.”
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Bovis Koala JV organised a coffee morning to raise funds for Cancer Relief Gibraltar and are proud to announce that we raised almost £700. Many baked their own cakes and we had a very successful turn-up for a great cause!
Bovis-Koala JV are pleased to announce that the new offices are now complete.
You can visit the offices at 1B Line Wall Road, Suite 1, Gibraltar.
Skywalk nearing completion
We are proud to present the latest addition to the continuously improving Gibraltar Nature Reserve, a skywalk constructed at the site of a former Bofors gun platform in one of the most elevated points on the Rock, close to Mount Misery. This beautifully designed walkway will allow Gibraltarians and visitors from all over the world to enjoy even more the incredible views that Gibraltar has to offer and gives the additional thrill of jaw-dropping vertical views through the glazed flooring at the steeply dropping terrain below.
The suspended walkway has been constructed in such a way that is it completely detached from the original monument, cantilevering from the newly laid foundations and rock anchors. The skywalk consists of 2 no. different levels, first being the glass walkway, which can be accessed by means of a disabled friendly lift and an Upper Level platform constructed on top of the existing monument which can be accessed by the 2 no. of newly installed stairs. The skywalk will be part of further improvements around the same area which include Douglas Path given access from O’Hara Battery, and is due to be inaugurated in the near future.
Bovis Koala JV moved office!
Bovis Koala JV has taken up office at the building known as Shell House, 1A Line Wall Road. The new office offers our employees ample work stations, a relax room fitted out with a complete kitchen and two top notch boardrooms for meetings with our clients. The building has been completely refurbished internally and externally and will allow our company to expand and continue to be at the top of the construction industry in Gibraltar.
Minister for Heritage, John Cortes, who has responsibility for the Gorham's Cave Complex World Heritage Site, has visited the new viewing platforms at the site.
During his visit he was briefed on the progress of the works, which are expected to be completed this month.
Phase one of the Wellington Front project was opened by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo and the former Minister for Heritage Steven Linares yesterday.
“This now looks like a magnificent restoration of an area that should have never fallen into the disuse that it had,” said Mr Picardo.
“We have this jewel back to how it should be,” he added.
The completion of the Upper Rock Nature Reserve’s Sky Walk at Mount Misery has encountered delays due to the wind experienced at the site over the past few months.
The safety of workers on the project was paramount, the project manager from Bovis-Koala JV Martin Platenkamp said, and as a result, works were halted several times.
The Windsor Bridge, Gibraltar’s first suspension bridge, was officially opening by the Chief Minister Fabian Picardo yesterday.
Governor Edward Davis, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia, Minister for Tourism Samantha Sacramento, Minister for Environment Dr John Cortes and Chief Executive of the Gibraltar Tourist Board Nicky Guerrero, were also present.
Local firm Bovis Koala undertook the task of constructing a 71-metre long suspension bridge over a 50-metre gorge at Royal Anglian Way and its project manager, Martin Platenkamp, had the task of bringing materials to the “logistical nightmare” location.
The issues encountered were solved by a selection of methods including pure manual labour.
Gibraltar’s unique landscape has made construction of a sky walk at Mount Misery “the most logistically difficult” scheme of its type in Europe, according to the project manager.
Challenges ranged from negotiating a sharp, 180-degree bend at St Michael’s Cave to getting a five-tonne crane up to the knife-edge site, and Martin Platenkamp, the project manager from Bovis-Koala JV, had to face them all.
Work on Gibraltar’s newest enhancement to the Upper Rock and new tourist attraction a 71 metre long suspension bridge at Royal Anglian Way is set to be completed by the end of March.
The constructed over a 50 metre gorge, has been undertaken by local firm Bovis Koala and is part of the Gibraltar’s Government refurbishment programme of the Upper Rock within the Gibraltar Nature Reserve.
The Government says it welcomes the establishment of a project to create a unique wine storage facility inside the Rock. The facility is expected to house over £60 million worth of investment wines in the first phase alone.
The natural limestone of Gibraltar provides the perfect environment for investment grade wine to mature. Within the miles of tunnels created by Royal Engineers pre WW2, the state-of-the-art wine storage facility will offer every conceivable innovation and technology, including military grade security.
The Government has announced the completion of the second phase of the Northern Defences project.
This phase has consisted of the clearing up of the King's, Queen's and Prince's Lines. During the last twelve weeks sections of tunnels, steps, barracks, magazines and galleries have been cleared of debris and vegetation. This second phase was initiated by a team of Royal Engineers who very kindly agreed to start this part of the project.
As 2014 draws to a close, it marks a major milestone for one particular local company, as Bovis-Koala JV celebrates its 10th anniversary. The story of the company’s success is a heartwarming one. It reinforces the belief that with passion, drive and good old-fashioned hard work you can triumph. Founding director Patrick Cabezutto started Bovis-Koala JV in 2004 and he smiles proudly as he says it was “pretty much a ‘man in a van’ operation” with just two tradesmen employed to assist him. Coming from a family with renowned business acumen and having the full support of both his parents, Peter Joseph and Clemence and his brother Peter (well known directors of established local companies), Patrick quickly realised that the scope for growth in Gibraltar was definitely there and that if he endeavoured to establish the company’s reputation for delivering sound, reliable work “on time and on budget” then grow they certainly would. Clemence, proved to be the backbone of the fledgling company and worked tirelessly to keep the financial side of operations on track and running smoothly.