Bebington man wins award for helping build Snowdown visitor's centre

A BEBINGTON man has won an award for his part in managing the construction of a new visitor’s centre near to the 3,560 ft peak of Mount Snowdon in North Wales.

Keith Harthan received a national award for his part in the demanding scheme for Chester-based C&C Catering Equipment at the 2009 Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA) Annual Conference, at which £10,000 was raised for Claire House.

Delegates at Chester’s De Vere Carden Park Hotel saw C&C recognised for designing, supplying and installing a kitchen and foodservice counters in the striking Snowdon Mountain Railway Visitor Centre, Hafod Eryri, close to the peak of Snowdon.

It is the UK’s highest catering scheme.

Keith received the Individual Merit Award for his part in project managing the Snowdon scheme to completion.

Built in a remote, inhospitable location in extreme weather conditions, it was an exceptionally challenging project.

“If I can put a restaurant at the top of Snowdon,” Keith laughed, “I can put one anywhere!”

The striking new £8.3m visitors' centre, at the head of the Snowdon Mountain Railway above Llanberis, opened last month for the new season.

* Facts about Snowdon (source Wikipedia): Snowdon (Welsh: Yr Wyddfa) is the highest mountain in Wales and is Great Britain's highest mountain south of the Scottish Highlands.

It has been described as "probably the busiest mountain in Britain".

It is located in Snowdonia National Park (Welsh: Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri), in Gwynedd. The summit is known as Yr Wyddfa, Welsh for "the tumulus" and lies at an altitude of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level.

In terms of 'absolute height' it is the same height as Table Mountain in South Africa.

As the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon is one of three mountains climbed as part of the National Three Peaks Challenge.

The English name Snowdon comes from the Saxon "Snow Dun," meaning "snow hill," although the amount of snow on Snowdon in winter has been decreasing recently, having dropped by more than 55% since 1994.

Snowdon has one of the wettest climates in Great Britain, receiving an annual average of more than 4,500 millimetres (180 ins) of precipitation.