18 November 2013
Rich Bullock, Project Manager, Speller Metcalfe
Since our last update things have really progressed apart from those few days where we had very stormy weather – this stopped the crane lifting for a couple of days – but otherwise it’s been great. For those who have gone past the site you will be able to see a lot more has happened including the main structural timber frame construction which is now complete. The main frame was manufactured off site by Kingston Craftsman and then assembled on site by Kingston Craftsman’s erection team. They have done a great job from manufacture through to construction.
Following the main structural frame going up, we now have local company Watts Carpentry Services who we’ve worked with before on many projects doing all the infill panels and roof purlins prior to roof coverings going on. We have got five carpenters, eight ground workers, four scaffolders and the roofing contractor has just started on site, so it’s getting quite busy!
The roofers started on site at the beginning of this week with the insulation, counter battens and felt going on, which will help keep the rain out of the building. This will take 3-4 days to complete which is good as the weather starts to draw in. We then have another 3-4 weeks for the cedar shingle tiles to be laid – these cedar shingles will really keep in line with the aesthetic beauty of Westonbirt and should weather really nicely.
Other works on site have included the installation of a new septic tank for the building toilets and this week we will also be applying a waterproof membrane to take the stonework over the next few days – this is a sturdy, beautiful local stone which comes from the local quarry in Tetbury.
If you’re coming to Westonbirt, come in mid-December as once again it will look completely different and you will really be able to get a feel for the completed build.