Tuesday, 27 March 2012

16 March

With the completion of the glazing and external cladding the scaffolding on the outside of the building has now been removed.

They have started to lay the vinyl covering to the floor.  The moisture content was suitable to lay the vinyl straight on to the screed.  The ground floor storage roller racking will be installed from next Monday.

The decorators are making good progress throughout the building.  The external doors are now fitted and glazed.  Work continues on the internal doors and the folding partition doors between the learning room and tearoom are still to go in.

The groundworkers have completed excavations for the services.  From the edge of the site boundary the utility companies then connect up each service.  Gas and electric have been connected so far.

The groundworkers have started on the external paving, the patio outside the tearoom.

The kitchen has been installed and the lift is being commissioned today.

Key jobs over the next two weeks are the external landscaping of the site and connection of the water supply.  The vinyl will be laid in the tearoom and learning room.

End of February

The door frames are in and the external doors will be fitted this week.  The plastering has been completed, which is a significant job, and the last bit of internal scaffolding is coming down.

The glass is arriving for the external window frames and doors.  The timber framed glass screen on the east end of the building will also be fitted this week.  The frames are manufactured first to provide accurate measurements for the expensive units of glass.

The groundworkers have returned to install the services for the new building (gas, electric and water).  The utility companies will follow to connect up each service.

The ‘second fix’ for the mechanical elements of the build (e.g. extractor fans, heating etc.) and electrical elements (e.g. plugs, sockets, switches, lights etc.) is now underway.  The lift was installed last week.  Once the electricity supply is connected the lift will be commissioned.  This involves checking that it works and training given on how to use it.

The moisture content of the floor screed needs testing.  An additive was put in to help it dry more quickly.  If it is not quite dry a special adhesive will be used to fix the vinyl covering to the screed.

The builders are now commencing the final fit for each area, for example, installing kitchen cabinets and sinks.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Mid February

Preparations have been underway for the floor screed on the ground floor.  This is a mix of sand and cement reinforced with fibre.  Finally a vinyl covering will be added on top of the screed, for example, in the tearoom and entrance foyer.

The glazing has been completed in the entrance foyer.  These windows have a self cleaning film so could only be cleaned with water once installed so as not to damage the film.

The majority of the plasterboard is in place and the high level areas in the tearoom have now been plastered (this required a bird cage scaffold).

A big change has been the removal of most of the scaffolding.  For the first time the appearance and detail of the building’s construction is revealed to the passer by.

The carpenters are installing the window frames and the final section of cladding will then be fitted to the windows.  The doors should be in by the end of the week.

The ‘first fix’ is completed before the plasterers move in.  It includes all of the bits that are never seen, buried in the walls.  The ‘second fix’, including plug sockets and the like, should be underway by the end of the month, allowing enough time for the plaster to dry.

The groundworkers will be back on site soon to commence external works, preparing for paving and landscaping and finishing the drainage.