|Official name||Laggan Dam|
|Dam and spillways|
|Height||48 metres (157 ft)|
|Length||700 feet (210 m)|
The structure was built as part of the Lochaber hydroelectric scheme by Balfour Beatty for the British Aluminium Company and construction was finished in 1934. The supervising engineers were the firm of C S Meik and William Halcrow, now known as the Halcrow Group.
The dam was designated a Category B listed building in 1985. It was upgraded to Category A listing in 2011, following a review as part of Hydroelectric Power Thematic Survey 2010.
The dam is about 700 feet (210 m) long, and 48 metres (157 ft) high between the level of the foundations and the crest of the spillway. It is curved upstream like an arch dam with a radius of curvature of 2,000 feet (610 m), but works purely on the principle of a gravity dam.
The whole crest of the dam, except for a section in the middle that houses equipment, is a spillway broken into 29 bays by piers that support a roadway across the dam. As well as the spillway, there are six pipes embedded into the centre of the dam, controlled automatically by system of air valves. The foundations are built on granite, and the dam was built in seven sections, with copper strip and hot poured asphalt water stops in the joints.
Water from the dam is conveyed to Loch Treig through 3 miles (4.8 km) of tunnel. From there, the waters travel through a further 15 miles (24 km) of tunnel 15 feet (4.6 metre) in diameter, before descending the hillside to a power house at Fort William through five steel pipes. The dam can be found next to the A86 road from Fort William. The catchment area of the dam was increased by an aqueduct which can be seen at the side of the road in Strath Mashie.
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