The Steelwork goes up: the steel lattice structure to support the glass roof of the Ambulatory is being welded into place this week.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: Steelwork Goes Up”
This week has seen the next significant stage of construction with the big roof trusses being set up. These will be partly visible inside the hall and form the inside of the roof.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: Significant Progress”
The cill of the small window in the priest’s vestry was too low for the height of the new kitchen units so it has been taken out and rebuilt higher, making the new kitchen window a bit smaller. It will line up with the window to the loo which is next to it. Next week the first part of the steelwork for the Ambulatory roof will be put up and the main roof to the Hall will be constructed; then we will really start to get an idea of the finished building.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: Kitchen Window Takes Shape”
The stone surround to the door from the Ambulatory into the church has been completed and looks very nice – or at least it will do when the flints have been re-built around it. The door will be tinted glass in a bronze frame set in an outer bronze frame. The line of lead flashing above the surround will come off as will the two lengths of old render on the wall, and the wall neatened up.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: Doorway Finished”
The stonemasons have been working this week to take out the inner stone arch in the doorway between the church and the Ambulatory. This enlarging of the doorway will allow a higher and wider opening, and, with the new floor level being raised, a much easier access from the church to the Hall, particularly for wheelchair users.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: Enlarging the Doorway”
The internal blockwork was finished at the beginning of the week and now the flints are being laid in the panels of the external walls between the brick quoins, or corners.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: Finishing the Walls”
First view of the inside.
The internal blockwork walls go up faster than the brick and flint outside and we are now starting to get a feel for the size of the Hall, although this is not quite all of it in the picture.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: Inside Out!”
Progress on the Thomas Field Hall is now starting to be visible above ground as the walls start to rise. The below ground works have been completed. The services have been installed in the underground ducts and the precast concrete beam and block floor has been laid with the ground gas protection membrane beneath. Now the builders can start to bring up the external walls and the extent of the Hall can be seen.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: The Walls Start to Rise”
This week saw more demolition. The door opening in the back wall of the Ambulatory was formed and brickwork removed at the edges of the roof. A dwarf wall was built across the width of the Hall to support the precast concrete beams forming the new floor.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: More Demolition”
There’s no going back now!
This past week has seen the demolition of a significant portion of the old building. The slates have been carefully removed from the roof and set aside for re-use. These have been identified as Delabole slates from Cornwall, which are quite special as they are random widths which gives the roof a lovely natural look. They and the ridge tiles have come off undamaged and we will be able to re-use all of them, which is good. The roof timbers have been removed back to the junction with the new roof.Continue reading “Thomas Field Hall: No Going Back!”