Works in Progress (as at November 2009)
By Colin Tolhurst
You may be aware that there are a number of building projects taking place in the cathedral at the moment. The projects that will be undertaken over the next eight months or so are as follows:
- Installation of glazed entrances at the North and Great West doors;
- Refurbishment to the Checkers Yard toilet facilities;
- Installation of a disabled toilet in the old shop store;
- Repairs to Treasury Roof and other associated work in this area
The repairs to the Treasury Roof are not due to start until the other projects have finished. For the other projects I will give you a brief up date of where we’re at and an idea of the scheduling for the immediate future.
The glass being used is a low reflecting glass manufactured in Germany. It is on it’s way to the UK and The London Glass Company expects to be in receipt of it by the time this goes to press. The installation of the porch is due to take place overnight and started on 24th November. The first phase of work should be completed by the end of November. All being well, we should be left with a glass shell at the North Door minus the roof and the doors themselves. As this is the disabled entrance there are due to be two openings in the porch, a push button entrance (general entrance) facing the fresco and a trade entrance in line with the current opening.
The glass for the roof will be bent to shape and will be fitted, along with the doors, at a later stage. The aim is that it will be complete and up and running by Christmas. Whilst we are waiting for the roof and doors, measures to make the door safe for use will be put into place. The opening facing the Fresco will be boarded up; a wooden temporary roof will be fitted along with a temporary light. Around the glass edges at the trade opening, pipe-insulating foam will be fixed using hazard tape to identify and reduce the risk of damage to personnel and the glass itself.
There will be limited access through the North Door during this time as the area will be cordoned off to the public. It is hoped, however, that where possible we will be able to achieve disabled access through the door. The aim is to move the desk and units closer to the Fresco during these works but we may have to move them back to their original location.
Great West Door
Work on the Great West Door is due to begin sometime in the New Year.
CHECKERS YARD TOILETS
Work started at the end of November. The toilets are due to be out of use for twelve weeks.
Work on clearing out the old shop store has started and test pits in the Garth have been dug. Services for the toilets will come from Garth House and the test pits are to establish the condition of the archaeology on the route for the proposed pipe work. Once the archaeologist is happy work will commence in digging the trench. At some point the South Door will need to be closed for a day or two. This will be done in consultation with the diary and at a time when it will cause minimum disruption.
The hut in the Tea Rooms car park is nearly complete. Getting power and water to the hut is the next challenge!
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