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.