Documenting the Progress with the Renovation
We are currently adding all the previous updates by social media and email here so that we have a weekly history of the renovation. We are adding more photos and galleries over time.
Simply click on the week to get the update; there is a link if there is a gallery of photos for that week.
UPDATE FOR THE 16TH AUGUST
More lighting in the bar was added. Most of the sectors now have lighting. A positive step forward.
The new side door was progressed witht eh addition of glass above the door and the threshold added. This will be completed early next week.
The two redundant chimneys have been boarded up and plastered. Boarding is being carried out around the gents toilet.
Further painting has been done to the ceilings and the walls. All magnolia for now.
Gallery for the 16th August.
UPDATE FOR THE 9TH AUGUST
We have mains power in the building now! Whahey!
We also have some lights that work too!
And the radiators are starting to be installed - what excitement!
More misting was done, school room floor sanded, rest of kitchen pulled down, and more misting in the bar. And a lot of chairs were painted too!
Gallery for the 9th August.
UPDATE FOR THE 2ND AUGUST
Bar was closed for two days to allow the temp bar area to be plastered. During this time, we pulled the kitchen ceiling down and created a new side door too.
The windows in the school room were re-stripped ready to be neutralised and re-painted. Guttering was added in front of side doors to prevent any possible flooding issues. New mains distribution boxes were added.
Chairs were painted, cats too. And more wire stripping in the sun whilst putting the world to rights.
Gallery for the 2nd August.
UPDATE FOR THE 26TH JULY
After the excitement of the opening, Monday came back with a bang. Lots still to do to allow us to move from an outdoor pub to a fully fledged one.
The two walls were completed where we used to have doors. The cellar hatch was completely renewed and made secure. The ladies loo got some undercoat.
And there was also a delivery of beer as trading had been good!
Gallery for the 26th July.
UPDATE FOR THE 19TH JULY
A lot happened this week with completing the plasterboarding of the ceiling and pillars and then getting most of it actually plastered.
Key was adding back the temporary bar and kitting our the cellar so we could operate as a pub. This took to 11.30pm on the night before opening.
Sinks were reconnected in the kitchen to allow glass washing. The ladies loo was made good for the opening so it could be used.
The courtyard was also cleared to allow benches, tables and seating.
Gallery for the 19th July.
UPDATE FOR THE 12TH JULY
Toothing was done on the soon ex-ladies toilet door and ex-alcove door. This is required to mesh in the new brickwork.
The beams were prepared by adding the appropriate boxing and noggins to allow the fitment of the fire retardant plasterboard.
Frank who is one of the main electricians from New Leaf, almost completed the first fitting in the bar. There is a heckuvalot of wires hanging down now.
The heating system was connected up with the appropriate controls and tested. We briefly had hot water :)
Both toilets had their floors levelled ready for tiling.
Gallery for the 12th July.
UPDATE FOR THE 5TH JULY
Insulation, insulation and more insulation. Good news was that the entire bar floor was insulated and the subfloor laid. We can now walk in the bar!
Sparkies were in doing first runs for the bar lighting. They have a lot to do in the coming week or so.
Plumbers too doing work in the cellar, connecting up the upstairs loo, and lots of stuff behind the scenes. Keith joined us, a sparky specialised in heating systems.
Ailish, our local film producer/director popped down and ended up giving some of the benches a quick sand. A dirty job.
Gallery for the 5th July.
UPDATE FOR THE 28TH JUNE
Building inspector visited and gave a thumbs up for the new steels. Immediately the volunteer team got stuck in and started laying the insulation. We found it wasn't as easy as it looked.
Side entrance got a new slate roof. The cellar was re-tanked. Door frames in the two toilets were inserted. All-in-all a pretty busy week!
Gallery for the 28th June.
UPDATE FOR THE 21ST JUNE
A bit of a disaster in the cellar when all the new tanking failed to adhere properly and could be easily peeled off. The ceiling was replace as well as taken the opportunty to insulate it.
Of note, Alan and Gerry have been doing their magic in re-pointing certain bar walls to make them a feature. Results are impressive.
Gallery for the 21st June.
UPDATE FOR THE 14TH JUNE
This was the week that the Fire Brigade came to The Swan and rescued the old pub sign for us. The Crown Estate Forresters also donated a huge wooden plank from a fallen 300-year-old cedar tree from the Great Park.
Gallery for the 14th June.
UPDATE FOR THE 7TH JUNE
A week of work in the cellar and pulling down ceilings on the first floor. This is taking us significant time and manpower to achieve./
The school room is starting to take shape with the ceiling now repaired and all the sripping out done with repairs started. We now have a good plan for the way forward.
Alan and Gerry have made good progress making the feature walls in the bar by cleaning and re-pointing them.
Gallery for the 7th June.
UPDATE FOR THE 31TH MAY
Preparation for the bar floor was completed including the steel under the floor which was given a protective coat.
Most of the subfloor for the bar was actually laid. Note this is the footings, joists and damp proofing.
Once the electrics and plumbing are done, insulation and a layer of tongue and groove will be put down.
Further tidying work was done in the school room with it being readied for replacement of any faulty boards.
We had a lot of weekday volunteers - we still need more. Come down!
Gallery for the 31st May.
UPDATE FOR THE 24TH MAY
Trenches in the courtyard and outside the main building were completed. The electicity supply was then upgraded to three phase.
The final bits of the ceiling were removed.
The footings for the floor were tidied up. And a skip filled in less than a week.
Bricks were distributed in preparation for the brickie on Saturday.
The raw materials for the subfloor were delivered.
Volunteers sanded important bits of the school room walls.
Gallery for the 24th May.
UPDATE FOR THE 17TH MAY
Steels were delivered by It's A Steel and were installed by our professional building team.
Most of the bar ceiling has been taken down being readied for the new fire resistant boards.
Last of the bar floor is being removed.
Trench has been started in the courtyard for the new electricity supply.
Our plumbers are making great progress on the heating system.
Gallery for the 17th May.
UPDATE FOR THE 10TH MAY
Work to the bar area and toilets has continued apace this week, and the concrete pad stones which will support the structural steels have been completed. This is an important milestone for the project, and is the result of a lot of hard work and skill from our builders and volunteers alike.
There are myriad small jobs which need to be undertaken across the site, which would suit volunteers of all shapes and sizes! This week we had hardy volunteers removing barrow loads of unearthed rubble, others preparing for the heating engineers to come in, while up in the school room preparations for decorating have continued.
Gallery for the 10th May.
UPDATE FOR THE 3RD MAY
Footings completed for the concrete padstones required for the new stel supports.
Started plastering gents toilet.
Prep work for new boiler and water tanks carried out.
GRS were clearing rubble and prepping their school room.
Further scaffolding was put in place.
First round of paint matching tests against The Swan colours completed.
Some more wire stripping completed.
Gallery for the 3rd May.
UPDATE FOR THE 26TH APRIL
The toilets are ready for plastering.
The footings have been dug out but do need extended.
The electicians have done the initial wiring for school room, more to follow.
The rotten part of the stairs to the school room (hall) have being replaced.
Front window frames in the bar and the first bedroom have been prepared with paint stripper.
Gallery for the 26th April.
UPDATE FOR THE 19TH APRIL
Some walls in the bar were demolished and Acrow Props inserted.
The electicians have done the initial wiring for the bar area, more to follow.
We are waiting for planning approval for the "steels" that will open up the bar area.
The new stud partition walls and electrics are now in place in the toilets.
Selco made a special delivery of building materials on Good Friday.
UPDATE FOR THE 12TH APRIL
Final decisions have now been made on the bar layout, and relevant restructuring work for this is underway.
Peter, the builder, has made good progress on the interiors of both pub toilets, with stud work already being installed. That has allowed some design decisions to be made and some vital testing of some standing room space!
Electrical work is due to start next week starting with the toilets and the school room.
UPDATE FOR THE 5TH APRIL
On Monday, the building committee held its first meeting inside The Swan, a dusty affair around a temporary table and some of the old pub chairs. The venue was fitting though, as some important decisions were taken regarding the future layout of the bar area.
The committee has also continued to focus on getting the design finalised for the ladies and gents toilets.
Final plans are coming in for electrical work to commence and the process of putting the premises through a thorough fire risk assessment has begun, to ensure we are adopting best options for fire safety.
UPDATE FOR THE 29TH MARCH
The favourable weather has enabled the roofers to get up the scaffold and start work this week.
Designs for the upgraded and improved toilets have now been finalised and will incorporate wheelchair accessible cubicles in both the male and female toilets.
Our structural engineer has drawn up plans for remodelling the bar area, with a cost effective solution, balancing the need to create a bright, open space befitting the communal ethos of the project, whilst retaining some quirky nooks and crannies.
We have ordered some premium engineered oak flooring for the bar.
UPDATE FOR THE 22ND MARCH
We are still very much in the early stages of works. Basically, we are getting the building to breathe again. We are also dealing with problematic areas such as leaks, dry and wet rot, blocked gutters, broken down pipes and so on.
Inside the structural engineer has been working with the team. They have been discussing how to remove the pillars in the centre of the bar to create a bigger open plan area. The solution will need steel beams to be inserted and Planning Department approval.
With aid of the scaffolding, the team removed the plants and vegetation that has accumulated on the roof and walls over the years.
UPDATE FOR THE 15TH MARCH
It's the end of the second week, and here's a summary of progress:
Students from The Green Room School came and removed and recycled the planters.
With the help of Jeff the plumber, they emoved the sanitary wear from the hall.
Good progress is being made replacing the roof over the laundry.
We've found dry rot behind the panels at the stairs to the hall.
More scaffolding was added by Warren to help the roofers who are expected next week.
Gallery for the 15th March.
UPDATE FOR THE 8TH MARCH
The team have really got stuck in during the week:
Most obvious is the erection of the scaffolding.
Removed the rotten joists in the bar.
David, our structural engineer, was in during the week looking at the bar area.
Roof of the gents will need to be replaced.
First part of the new laundry roof was completed.
“Lino Len” met the team and will provide all our flooring and carpet needs.
Gallery for the 8th March.
UPDATE FOR THE 1ST MARCH
Sootbusters cleaned several of the chimneys already.
Yesterday we found another that was hidden from view.
The office ceiling has been taken down.
Removed the rotten floor boards in the bar area.
Opened up several airbricks that had been sealed.
Worked out how to replace the roof in the gents loo.
Gallery for the 1st March.
UPDATE FOR THE 22ND FEBRUARY
The "For Sale" sign has gone.
Sootbusters cleaned several of the chimneys already. Yesterday we found another hidden one.
The office ceiling was taken down.
Removed rotten floor boards in the central bar area.
Opened up several airbricks that had been sealed.
Worked out how to replace the roof in the gents loo.
Taken more of the walls in the bar back to the brickwork.
Removed all the radiators and sinks from the bar and stopped several pipe leaks.