The final details in the last week.
We have strong cast brass hooks to hold the outside doors open securely. They are finished in satin steel to match the door handles and have been very carefully positioned on the walls with their loops carefully positioned on the doors.
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The pathway through the churchyard from the car park needed lighting to guide people round to the Hall front door. The floodlights light up the church and its nearer surroundings, but the churchyard is very dark in the night. However, we didn’t want too much light to be spread generally so we have had low oak posts put in with small downlights to give just little pools of light only where they need to be. The edge of the grass had to be dug up in order to lay the underground ductwork taking the electric cable to the lights, but it will soon grass over and settle down and the daffodils will come through again.
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The door between the church and the Ambulatory is of bronze tinted glass in a bronze frame.
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The repairs to the decayed brickwork of the original vestry walls has now been completed and they will last for more than the next 50 years as the bricks are harder and more suitable for their situation than the original ones.
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The photograph is of the manifolds which connect the underfloor heating circuits:
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Finally, the last excavation for the services between the Hall and the boiler house was dug, the ducts laid and buried and the piles of mud and flint in front of the Ambulatory entrance screen were cleared away. The ground was levelled and a layer of type 1 bedding laid and tamped down, ready for laying the paving stones.
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Work on replacing the damaged bricks in the lower courses of the old vestry walls has been proceeding very fitfully, governed by the incessant rain we have been having for the last few weeks. The brief dry spell over the Christmas break was helpful but as soon as it started to rain again the ground turned to liquid mud, which has made work impossible – despite the best efforts of the builders, who have put down boards to work off.
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Just as at the beginning we started to build the Hall by excavating for the foundations so in the endgame we are finishing the building with more groundworks.
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The doors to the Hall are what are called pocket doors. They were recommended by our architect as being the most suitable type for this situation. They slide right away into slots built into the wall so that the door opening is completely clear with nothing intruding into it.
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The brickwork of the original vestry walls had deteriorated very badly at ground level where it met the grass, with hollowed out faces to many bricks, so repairs are necessary.
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