With warnings that the end of the world was nigh, Thorpe Park commenced construction of LC12, a Bolliger & Mabillard wing coaster eventually revealed as The Swarm.

11th September 2008

Three years prior to the main construction commencing, the section of the lake that would eventually become Swarm Island was filled in. Land was excavated from the former site of Thorpe Farm to compensate for this.

8th October 2011

As Fright Nights got underway, and with the name and theme of The Swarm being announced back in August, the ride was already being advertised around the park. On site, the first sections of track had been erected, these being for the trim brakes and turn before the final brake run, as well as the footers for the rest of the layout. More track and supports could be seen being stored in the area behind the ride. Also, the majority of the steelwork for the station and connected maintenance building was also in place.

14th October 2011

In less than a week, the track from the final brake run, through the station, and up to the first section of the lift hill had been set in place, along with that at the base of the first drop. Supports for the Zero-G roll that follows the initial drop have also started to go up.

19th October 2011

Progress continued at a fast pace, and during the next few days the lift hill was topped off, more track and supports for the initial drop were erected (with another track section lifted into place in these photos), along with the low-to-ground track that will sweep around the water and helicopter.

29th October 2011

With the 2011 season drawing to a close, these photos show the completed wing-over drop and the track now continuing to part-way through the Zero-G roll. The supports for most of the remaining layout have also been erected.

Construction Time-lapse

In just over two minutes, follow The Swarm’s journey from the ground up in this time-lapse filmed during the 2011-2012 construction period.