Monday 29 April 2013

New Building: Week 59

More concrete arrived last week...

...and was pumped across the yard...

...past a mound of earth...

...into the foundations of ‘Phase 2’ — the Newman Chapel etc. It made sense to do the foundations now, while everything was being dug up for the drains, pipes and cables that have just been laid.

This door is in the corner of the Parish centre, behind where the bar used to be. As you can see, it now lets in light...

...and gives us access to the outside, where we have a new view of the building, with the Sacred Heart chapel in the foreground.

Here are some close-ups of the new Parish kitchen.

And here, leaning on the new bar and practising taking orders, is one of the new barmen!

Monday 22 April 2013

New Building: Weeks 56-58

The most disruptive stage of the building work so far is now over—anyone visiting the church over the last few weeks can't have helped noticing the large trenches criss-crossing the yard outside. They are now all covered up, with the relevant pipes, drains and cables inside. There was a lot of soil to put back:

The library gallery has had its temporary barrier fitted. This will be in place until we raise the money for the library shelving. The permanent barrier will consist of lockable, swivelling bookshelves that will make the most of the space we have.

Here we have another glimpse of the new kitchen for the Parish centre.

And here is one of the bedrooms: painted and with all its electrical fittings, just awaiting the finishing touches.

Friday 5 April 2013

New Building: Weeks 53-55

After some difficult drilling and digging, the new water supply and drains are in place. The electricity should be connected soon.

The underfloor heating is fitted in the library, and work on the floor continues:

The bedrooms and bathrooms are nearly finished:

And we have a glimpse of the new parish kitchen: