SECRETARY'S MARCH UPDATE - update weekly
WEEKLY UPDATE 30TH MARCH
This week tiling started in the main hallway and is progressing well. Downstairs, the plaster-boarding has now been completed – less in the extension. The showers and lavatories have all been installed, the upstairs kitchen sinks have been plumbed in and the heating and hot water systems are now fully operational. Repairs have been made to the wooden floor in the bar area, some of which had lifted, due to dampness, earlier in the year. The roof is watertight and some of the scaffolding has been dismantled (although it will be necessary to erect it again at a later date). Shuttering work has continued on the balcony but the portico, above the main entrance, will not be installed for a little while yet.
Next week the plasterboard downstairs will be taped and jointed, decorating will take place downstairs (less the extension), skirting boards will be laid and the floor will be grouted. Moving to the balcony, it is hoped to position some of the stone work, with pouring of concrete due after Easter. Some studwork will take place in the area of the disabled WC upstairs. It is hoped that washrooms will be operational downstairs, come 6th April, which will enable the temporary loos in the old West Room to be dismantled – we shall see!
The opening date remains 6th April and the upstairs bar and kitchen will be open. However, I must issue a cautionary note, which is that while we will be open, do not expect the finished article! Much has been achieved but much work remains to be carried out. For example, finishing the extension and the balcony, will be time-consuming and will take a further eight weeks. Until construction work is complete, the office staff will remain in the old Lloyds Bank building.
WEEKLY UPDATE 23RD MARCH
In the past week work has continued on the offices and washrooms with the ladies loos being tiled and sanitary ware, showers, sink units and urinals installed in the gentlemen’s lavatories. The gentlemen’s loos and showers are now 90% complete. The extraction system has been installed in the upstairs kitchen and the electrics have now been completed there, too. The route for the extraction from the downstairs kitchen has been formed; the duct itself should be installed next week. The doorway at the western end of the kitchen has now been framed and the upstairs bar altered, giving a stunning view over the Solent immediately that room is entered. The ceiling to the cellar has been plastered and the lift is now working! Moving outside, work has started on the installation of the balcony but the positioning of the shuttering and steel work plus ornamental stonework has yet to start.
Next week tiling will start in the main hallway. The upstairs kitchen sinks will be plumbed in and the heating and hot water systems should become fully operational. The showers and lavatories will be installed, work will continue on the balcony and the portico may be installed above the main entrance, but this will depend on how quickly work progresses on the balcony. The roof will be 100% watertight and some of the scaffolding will be dismantled (although it will be necessary to erect it again at a later date).
As regards opening, the date remains 6th April. If you are on Island, do not expect the finished product, but do please come along and see what has been achieved and what work still remains to be carried out.
WEEKLY UPDATE 16TH MARCH
The lift is now in place although it has yet to be fully tested. The heating controls have been installed and the offices partially painted. The gas boilers have all been connected; all that remains is for the electricians to wire them in. Last week I made an error in reporting on progress in the upstairs kitchen when I mentioned that a doorway had now been formed at the eastern end. It should, of course, have read “western” end! In addition, the kitchen has now been rewired and part of the ceiling over-boarded. Tiling in the gentlemen’s WCs is nearly complete; the ceilings are up in the downstairs areas - less the extension - and a number of doors along with the remaining south facing windows (less those in the extension) have now been fitted. Plastering is on-going throughout the ground floor. Outside, the columns have all been fixed and a parapet built above the old entrance. Turning to the new entrance, the portico has been completed and is now awaiting painting before delivery on site. It had been hoped to raise the ground levels but this will have to be delayed due to the erection of scaffolding, necessary to facilitate the balcony erection.
In the coming week work will continue on the offices and washrooms with the ladies loos being tiled and sanitary ware, showers, sink units and urinals being installed in the gentlemen’s lavatories. It is hoped that the gentlemen’s loos and showers will be 90% finished by the end of next week. The extraction system should be installed in the upstairs kitchen. Moving outside, work will start on installing the balcony with shuttering and steel work plus ornamental stonework positioned outside.
In last week’s information release a target date of late March was mentioned. This could be a little optimistic so we are now going firm on an opening date of 6th April. This is still tight but realistic so do come along then and see what has been achieved and what work still remains to be carried out.
WEEKLY UPDATE 9TH MARCH
Outside, the most visible development this week has been the crane positioning the Haddon Stone columns, which will certainly give the western aspect of the clubhouse a rather grandiose effect. In last week’s report it was mentioned that more windows would be fitted in the south aspect; in the event these did not arrive (it is hoped to fit them next week) but the tilers have been busy on the roof and the flat roof above the kitchen has been altered; this has included changing the run angle. The canopy that will be installed above the front door has been made although it has yet to be fitted. Finally, while reporting on outside work, the telephone duct has been installed and a gas main trench has now been dug to the meter.
Moving inside the building on the ground floor level, the shower rooms have been grouted and the plumbers have finished their pipe runs in the lavatory areas, enabling the ceilings to be fixed in position. In the lobby area the lift is being installed, some internal plastering has taken place and the electricians are preparing for second fix work. Moving upstairs, the construction of the first floor fire-place has started and the insulation of the extension roof has been completed. In the upstairs kitchen a door has now been knocked through on the western side and whiteboard and stainless steels have been erected on the walls.
Looking ahead to next week, it is hoped that the lift will be fully installed and working by 16th March – we shall see! The heating controls will also be installed and the offices painted, although the latter objective is less important than progressing work in the lobby area and so may slip. Tiling in the gentlemen’s WCs and disabled loo will start, and the ceilings should all be up in the downstairs areas - less the extension – along with doors fitted. Outside, work will continue on the balcony, the levels to the west of the building will be raised and outside drainage for rainwater will be dug.
We are approaching the target date of opening the building by the end of March, which means the contractor will be concentrating on the foyer area, including the laying of the stone floor, ensuring that the disabled lavatory will be operational on a unisex basis and making sure that the upstairs kitchen and cellar are in use thus enabling the staff to provide bar and catering services. This will then allow the contractor to concentrate on finishing the upstairs and downstairs extension.
WEEKLY UPDATE 2ND MARCH
The western gable end is now covered in so this area of the building will now be waterproof. The support for the weather vane has also been installed. On the ground floor, the outside doors to the cellar and downstairs kitchen have been formed and the floor to the cellar has now been laid. In the boiler room the boilers have now been positioned on the wall but are yet to be connected. The inside of the lift shaft has been painted, ready for the lift installation itself. Insulation has been positioned inside the copper roof on the extension and dry lining has continued inside, particularly in the reception and garden room. The plumbers are finishing their first fix work for the upstairs kitchen and the electricians are engaged on both first and second fix work.
Next week erection of the Haddon stone columns will start. The western gable end roof will be tiled and the flat roof above the kitchen will be turned round while the parapet above the kitchen will be raised to hide the air extraction exits. Assuming that the plumbers finish their work in the lavatories and showers, the ceilings in the WCs will be plastered, vanity units will be positioned and tiling in the shower areas will continue. In the extension, the chimney will continue to rise (at present it has reached first floor level). Outside four windows will be installed on the south front and it is possible that some windows for the ground floor of the extension could arrive but that is not guaranteed. Finally, decoration of the offices will start.
There is one thing for members to note. A crane will be on site on Wednesday and Thursday to lift the Haddon stone so members should note that this may impede entry.