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UPDATE ON BUILD PROGRESS MAR 17

17 March 2013 / Project Thorney / Sustainability / Build Works

This is the week that the boiler finally arrived. What an exciting day with all hands on deck. Our initial worries about getting it installed were put to rest.

The new boiler is a Guntamatic Wood Pellet biomass fueled boiler using sustainable wood produce from Cumbria. We’re now looking forwards to firing it up for the first time and the heating coming on stream in time for reopening the Bunkhouse.

The arrival of the new boiler is a major event.

picking up the boiler

It’s ready to be unwrapped. Is it Christmas?

Is that our new boiler?

Blimey that looks a bit scary. The access is a little narrow, but this Telehandler driver seems to know what he is doing.

yikes!

Like I said it’s a tight squeeze.

its a tight fit

It’s finally there. Phew!

boiler in new place

Next is the 2000 litre hot water storage tank.

water storage next

Just pop it down there will you please?

water storage delivered

Setting up the boiler and water storage tanks. This may take a few days.

new boiler set up

Our hot water will be delivered to the main building via some highly insulated underground pipework through this trench.

heating pipework trench

This is what the pipework looks like.

underground pipe work

Our new entrance to the Bunkhouse. Preparing the ground.

preparing the new entrance

Ready to pour concrete to make the base for the entrance porch.

ready for concrete

Some more concrete delivered.

concrete delivered

The new foundations are laid.

foundations laid

This is the first layout of the 3 new shower stalls in our unisex shower room.

the shower stalls are formed

Further progress with the shower room.

shower room build

Our new underfloor heating for the shower room. Yay!

under floor heating


UPDATE ON BUILD PROGRESS MAR 02

4 March 2013 / Project Thorney / Build Works

Over the last few weeks our build project has really taken shape. Our boiler plant rooms has been constructed and all of the internal structural work is now complete. We are now waiting for internal fit out and delivery of our new Biomass Heating System.

Grasmere Bunkhouse

The old Annexe becomes the new Grasmere Bunkhouse

This is an impression of the new building, by our architect William Sutherland.
Architect's Impression

Now that the concrete base we can start the build.
The plant room build starts

The first few blocks go up quite quickly.
First blocks in place

These are the concrete roof beams. Apparently they are meant to be bent.
Concrete roof beams delivered

Once in place we have a roof.
Concrete beams in place

With the roof in place we can begin stone facing the outer walls with traditional Lakeland stone.
Roof on, stone facing starts

A painstaking approach is required.
It's a steady process

Bye bye to the old windows.
Old windows are taken out

Will they fit we all ask? Of course they will!
New windows arrived

Our disabled access takes shape.
Disabled access stonework in place

Ready for our weekend guests to arrive.
Ready for guests to arrive for the weekend

We need to cast a concrete wall at the back of the new plant room.
Concrete casting in the new plant room

Finishing the casting job off.
More concrete casting in the new plant room

Meanwhile some internal jobs are still on the go – wiring, heating system and plumbing.
Wiring and heating system in place

A new toilet will go here.
Here will be a new toilet

Finally the rooms are plastered.
Plastering out the rooms

Plastering in progress,
Plastering in progress

Our new key fobs arrive.
New key fobs ready

All organised for the new season.
All organisaed


UPDATE ON BUILD PROGRESS FEB 13

3 February 2013 / Project Thorney / Build Works

Another two weeks since the last building development blog post and we’ve made significant progress. Our foundations are laid for the boiler room and the new internal rooms have their framework established.

The old Annexe becomes the new Grasmere Bunkhouse

The new corridor is being formed, door openings to rooms and shower block.
corridor door openings formed

Showing the full length of the corridor. Four new 4 person bunk rooms.
corridor room openings formed

2 extra toilets. OK you need to use your imagination a bit.
rooms taking shape

This will be the new shower block entrance with 3 showers and a further toilet.
establishing shower room door

A new ceiling for the shower room has had to built, extra storage space above.
new shower room ceiling

The old door (green) is about to go. The new opening will now give access to from the western side of the Bunkhouse.
new shower room external access

Blocks ready for the new plant room build.
blocks for construction delivered

First concrete delivery.
Concrete delivery number 1

Our technical solution to pouring the concrete down a 3m drop.
Concrete pouring 3

It’s all flowing smoothly, and the rig is still standing despite the weight.
Concrete pouring 1

Getting a good even distribution. Our biomass boiler plant room will be standing here soon.
Concrete pouring 2

Almost done and no snow today.
The new foundations

A bit of spare cement will do niceley to help along the new disabled access to the front door and reception.
New disabled access


UPDATE ON BUILD PROGRESS No. 2 JAN 13

20 January 2013 / Project Thorney / Build Works

It’s been two weeks since the last building development blog post and despite the weather complications things are moving along pretty fine with the new Bunkhouse refurbishment.

This is the week that things got scary. And exciting. All the unwanted internal structures were dismantled and the place became a building site proper.

First job – to remove internal walls, doors, fittings.

inner walls removed

The old shower room is being knocked out to make way for a larger shower block.

old shower room dismantled

The old toilet is being removed and the lean to cleared to allow a new entrance to be made.

removing old lean to toilet

It was good to see the place being fully cleared and to start to visualise the new spaces.

old rooms cleared out

The builders have now fully taken over.

building site stuff

The existing Annexe as seen from below approaching via Lancrigg’s private road.

old annexe seen from below

We’ve got plenty of kindling for next year. We just need to saw it up and store it somewhere!

spare kindling

We very nearly missed the old entrance coming off the building.

removing the old entrance

The new corridor is being formed – here the openings have just been created.

corridor openings formed

Another view showing where the new entrance will be from the inside.

view to new entrance

Finally after all the cold weather, rain, snow etc. we got the foundations for the boiler plant room cleared.

foundations space finally cleared

Hmmm, this pile of soil came from somewhere?

a pile of soil

First sign of the new rooms. The partitions between rooms being formed.

new room partition

New room structures from the corridor – there will be four rooms, each with four beds,

new room structures

The new shower block area gets fully opened out.

new shower space being cleared

And another skip. Is this number 3, or 4, or 5?

skip number three

The big hole starts to be refilled. New foundation preparations being laid. We just want some slightly warmer weather next. Pesky snow.

establishing new foundations


Update on build progress Jan 13

6 January 2013 / Project Thorney / Build Works

After a week of dismantling beds, moving boxes and sorting stuff out, we’ve finally emptied the Annexe ready for the restructuring work to begin on Monday.

It all started the morning after our New Year guests left the premises.

The bunk beds have been dismantled:

Dismantled bunk beds

The Annexe dorms have been cleared:

Empty Annexe dorms

The builders have already moved in:

Builders moved into the Annexe

The electrical strip out is in progress:

Electrical strip out commences

We’ve cleared the loft space above where our new shower block will be built:

We've emptied the loft

So the dining room is in chaos:

Dining room chaos

Meanwhile outside building works preparations are coming together:

Building works preparations ready

The site is prepared for the first foundations to be laid:

Foundations site prepared


Update on build progress Dec 12

21 December 2012 / Project Thorney / Build Works

A quick update on work carried out just before Christmas on our new building plans.
First priority is establishing a new plant room to house the new wood pellet boiler. Second priority is carrying out refurbishment work to the Annexe. Third priority is implementing the new heating system.
Estimated completion date end of March 2013.

Prior to work starting with snow on the ground in December 2012.

Before work started in the snow Dec 2012

Digging in the snow with a hired digger.

Digging in the snow

We had to remove a large old tree stump. Very surprisingly it came out easily.

Removing tree stump.

After some time we found that we had made a hole in the ground. This is where the new plant room and fuel store will be built.

First view of hole

Colours in the rock, typical of Grasmere slate.

Second view of hole

Work temporarily halted just before Christmas as digger pneumatics failed.

Digger sitting idly in the sunshine.