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Listing all posts for the month of "January 2013"

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


News: Venue for Wedding Ceremonies

18 January 2013 / News / Wedding

We’re very excited to announce we’ve just been formally approved as venue for Wedding Ceremonies & Civil Partnerships – Yay!

couple canoe credit Tony West

We’ve just received the great news from Cumbria County Council, Registration and Coroner Services that Thorney How Independent Hostel has been approved as a:

“Venue for Marriages in Pursuance of Section 26(1)(bb) of The Marriage Act 1949 and as a Venue for Civil Partnership in Pursuance of Section 6(3A)(a) of The Civil Partnership Act 2004”

Phew!

We’re one of a very few alternative accommodation providers and destinations in Cumbria that can also hold a wedding ceremony on site. So if you’re looking for something a little different and maybe on a smaller budget we’re here to help.

Couple credit Tony West

Our very first wedding is scheduled for April 2013 and we have a number of key weekend dates still available during 2013. We’ll be putting a new wedding package together very soon, just give us a call anytime for an informal chat. Ask for Taylor or Carolyn.


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