Enhancement of the mining site of Chamousira

14 Jan
CATEGORY Environment and Territory
TIPOLOGY Tourism Soil Bioengineering
PROJECT Enhancement of the mining site of Chamousira
CLIENT Municipality of Brusson (Aosta)
PLACE Brusson (AO)
YEAR 2018-2019
STATUS in progress

The Chamousira mine at Brusson in the Ayas Valley has got an underground extension of about 1,600 m and an articulated complex of external installations that were useful in the past in order to transport and process the ore. Today it is the most important gold mine in the Aosta Valley. It was discovered in 1899 and was active from 1900 until the late 1980s. It now forms the “Aosta Valley Mining Park” together with the mining sites of Cogne and Saint Marcel.

In 2015 a series of rehabilitation and museum setups were completed offering the public the opportunity to visit the mine and ensuring the safety of the site.

The interventions involved both external architectural works, such as the Belvedere, a large covered terrace overlooking the Ayas Valley in an extraordinary panoramic location, and internal underground works mostly on level 7 of the Fenilliaz strand.

Sertec Engineering Consulting S.r.l. (Ltd.Co) received from the Municipality of Brusson the design assignment, as well as the supervision of works and safety coordination, for the interventions aimed at increasing the tourist offer of the Chamousira mining site managed by Gold-Mine Cooperative of Brusson. The project consists  to implement the current route open to the public through the connection of the level 7 gallery with the level 6 gallery. This will in fact allow the realization of a single and extended tour and will ensure a greater level of safety

The operation is part of the Italy-France cross-border cooperation program (Alcotra) 2014-2020 with the project Mi.Mo – Mines de Montagne “Sauvegarde et valorisation touristique du patrimoine minier de montagne”.